Doing Business in Santa Clara

The City of Santa Clara offers the lowest combined utility rates in the nine Bay Area counties. This is due in part to the city-owned electric company, Silicon Valley Power, offering the lowest electricity rates in the Bay Area. Silicon Valley Power also offers their customers green power programs.

Businesses in Santa Clara find that low business license fees, combined with the one-stop Permit Center, allow organizations to continue to grow and thrive in a progressive environment. Santa Clara has made business expansion and new business development their primary goals.

The Silicon Valley Central Chamber also offers many services and benefits that give business the power to grow. The Chamber of Commerce, along with the City, is committed to making Santa Clara a place where business can succeed and prosper.

Click here to hear from our members why it makes good business sense to join the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce.

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City of Santa Clara Business License

All new businesses within Santa Clara should complete all necessary paperwork for a New Business Tax Affidavit (“business license”) within 30 days of commencing operation. Business licenses may be purchased at City Hall, located at 1500 Warburton Avenue, just 2 blocks from the Chamber office. Please click the link to learn more.

City of Santa Clara Smart Permit

The City of Santa Clara offers a “one-stop” permit shop in City
Hall, located at 1500 Warburton Avenue. Businesses that need to build, enlarge, or make improvements to the building or space they propose to occupy will need a building permit from the City. Please click on the link to learn more

Silicon Valley SCORE

The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a nationwide nonprofit
association dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Silicon Valley SCORE executive volunteers provide free confidential business counseling and low cost training to local business entrepreneurs. Monthly counseling sessions are held at the Santa Clara
Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau office, by appointment only. To learn more about SCORE, please click the link provided. To schedule a complimentary one-hour counseling session, please call our office directly at (408) 244-8244.

Business Rebates

Valley Water and Silicon Valley Power offer a variety of rebates that help
businesses save money. From discounted HVAC tune-ups to lighting retrofit rebates to landscaping rebates, your business can save money by utilizing Valley Water’s and Silicon Valley Power’s business rebate program.