Home Business


A Home-based business is operated from a residence in the City limits of Modesto. 

Taxes and Fees

The business license taxes (fees) due with your application are prorated based on the month the business is started.

  • If gross receipts are less than $2000 per year, the fee is $20 per fiscal year.
  • If you choose a minimum license and go over $2000 in gross receipts, you will receive an invoice for the Mill tax, deposit and the difference in the license fees.
  • Review the quarterly Mill and DID taxes and deadlines for information about future fees due and how to calculate them.


Both the Home Business License Application and Home Business Agreement forms must be submitted with applicable fees in order to process your Business License Application.