• Starting A Business

  • Guide to Starting a Business in Danville

    Below is a step-by-step guide of how to start a business in Danville.
    Business Resource Guide




    Where do you plan to operate your

    The Town’s Zoning Ordinance helps insure that businesses are located in appropriate and compatible districts.  Please be sure to verify that your business is permitted in the desired location. If the business will be operating within a residential area, you may need a Business License.

    For zoning help, contact our Planning Staff at (925) 314-3310 or Planning@danville.ca.gov for more information.


    Making improvements to your business space?

    Will it involve just paint or something that might be more involved (changes to the lighting, plumbing or wall systems)?  These more significant changes would require a Building Permit to insure consistency with current Building and Fire Code requirements.

    Please contact our Building Services Staff at (925) 314-3330 or Building@danville.ca.gov for more information.



    Planning to display a sign?

    The Town’s adopted Sign Ordinance (Section 32-98) helps to assure attractive and architecturally compatible signage within Danville’s commercial areas.
    If your business is located within a shopping center, please be aware that there may also be other parameters that apply.  Be sure to check with your property management company.

    Please contact our Planning Services staff at (925) 314-3310 or Planning@danville.ca.gov for more information or to discuss the applicable Town’s Sign Ordinance requirements and (if applicable) specifications for a shopping center’s



    Don’t Forget the Business License 

    An active Business License is required for any business that operates in Danville.  The funds from this fee help provide a wide range of business promotion activities.  A business that operates out of a residence will also need a Home Occupancy permit

    For more information, check out the Business License information or contact our Finance staff at (925) 314-3312.


    Consult our Business Concierge

    The Town is your implicit business partner, and offers a range of services including:

    • Resources for Success: A go-to resource guide to all business related support services that you may need.
    • Economic Development Program : A program of business promotion strategies designed to strengthen Danville’s local economy.