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The City of Napa issues a variety of permits, licenses and certificates. Permits and licenses are also issued by the County of Napa, State of California and other public agencies. The list here provides a description of permits, licenses and certificates that are commonly sought by visitors to this website, and where possible, a link to the appropriate form, web page or web site to expedite the process. The information here pertains to permits and licenses issued by the City for activities within the City limits, except where noted.

Permits, Licenses and Certificates - Listed Alphabetically

Amplified Music Permit

Banner Permit Guidelines and Permit Application
Birth Certificate
Building Permit
Burglar Alarm Permit
Business License and Contractor/SubContractor - One job business license

Card Room Dealer Permit
Certificate of Appropriateness
Concealed Weapons Permit

Death Certificate
Drivers License
Dog License

Encroachment Permit

Facility Permit (for use of City Park or other City facility)
Film-Photo Permit
Fishing License
Food Vendor-Ice Cream Vendor Permit
Fortune Teller-Palm Reader Permit

Library Cards
Liquor Licenses

Marriage License
Massage Permit

Parade Permit
Parking Permit
Second Hand Dealer/Pawnbroker Permit
Solicitor-Canvasser-Peddler Permit
Special Event Permit

Taxi Service License
Transportation Permit
Vehicle for Hire Permit
Weapons Dealer Permit

Amplified Music Permit
Follow this link for more information on the Amplified Music Permit

Banner Permit
Updated January, 2014:   The City of Napa has adopted new "Downtown Napa Street Banner Policy & Program Guidelines" setting forth the process for installing banners on downtown light poles. The banner program is a public/private effort which supports local business and non-profit community events, provides information to the public, denotes special areas of Downtown Napa, and visually enhances the overall streetscape.  The policy is being implemented to facilitate coordination among organizations wishing to install banners promoting their events.  The policy applies to Victorian poles, cobra-head poles, and the two locations where banners can be hung across the street to advertise events, at Third Street and Burnell, and Main Street and Pearl. A map of banner pole locations is included in the policy and application guidelines.

There is no charge for the banner permit, but it is only available to non-profit organizations. Persons interested in the banner permit may obtain an application by clicking the link above. Permit applications may be submitted to the Economic Development Division of the Community Development Department, Community Services Building, 1600 First Street.

Birth Certificate
The City of Napa does not provide birth certificates. This document can be obtained from the Napa County Recorder-County Clerk.

Building Permit
Click here for the City of Napa Online Building Permit site.

Burglar Alarm Permit
Follow this link for more information on the Burglar Alarm permit.

Business License
Doing business in Napa? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to request a Business License Tax Application to be sent to you. For more information regarding Business licenses or to download the application please click here. If you have questions, please call the Finance Department at 707-257-9508.

Card Room Dealer
To obtain a Card Room Dealer permit, complete the permit application and pay the required fees. The permit application is available from the City of Napa Collections Department - inquire at the Collections window in the north wing of City Hall at 955 School Street. The application can also be downloaded for printing by clicking here. Note: Completion of the permit application along does not constitute issuance of the permit.

Certificate of Appropriateness (Cultural Heritage Commission)
Certificates of Appropriateness (C of A’s) are issued to conserve and enhance historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods, and encourage compatible rehabilitation and new construction. Properties may be designated as Landmarks, Neighborhood Conservation Properties or otherwise be listed on the City’s adopted Historic Resources Inventory or “HRI”. Click here to learn how to apply and get more information on Certificates of Appropriateness.

Concealed Weapons Permit
A Concealed Weapons Permit is issued by the Police Department. Click here for more information.

Death Certificate
The City of Napa does not provide death certificates. This document can be obtained from the Napa County Recorder-County Clerk.

Driver's license
Driver's licenses are not issued by the City of Napa - they are obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Dog license
Dog licenses are not issued by the City of Napa. The City contracts with the County of Napa to provide all Animal Control functions. Click here for more information on dog licenses.

Encroachment Permit
Encroachment Permits are required by the Napa Municipal Code whenever work is being performed in the public right-of-way, which includes the travel lanes and parking lanes on City streets, City sidewalks, and any other area designated as right-of-way. Click here to download an Encroachment Permit Form, and here for Traffic Control Guidelines.  This permit is issued by the Public Works Department.

Facility Permit (for use of City Park or other facility)
The City offers specified park spaces and public buildings for rental.This permit is issued by the Parks and Recreation Services Department. Click here for full details on Facility Rentals and to access the required forms.

Film-Photo Permit
To film in the City of Napa or on City property, the submission of a Film Permit Application is required, along with an insurance certificate and payment of use fees. This permit is issued by the Parks and Recreation Services department. Click here for more on Film-Photo Permits.

Fishing License
Fishing licenses are issued by the State Department of Fish and Game through authorized agents in the area. You can get more information on fishing licenses here: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/sportfishingfaqs.html and you can get a list of locations where a fishing license can be purchased in the Napa area here: http://dfginternal5.dfg.ca.gov/lasweb/

Food Vendor/Ice Cream Vendor Permit
This permit is issued by the Police Department following successful completion of the application process. Applicants should follow these steps:
1). Applicant requests a food vendor permit application from City of Napa Collections. The application is available at the Collections window in the north wing of City Hall at 955 School Street, or click here to download for printing a packet including instructions and permit application documents. 
2). Applicant should read the application and understand that their criminal history will be checked. This includes a Live Scan (Fingerprints). If the applicant falsifies the application in any way their permit will be denied. Any convictions must be stated.
3). Applicant must have a valid California Drivers License if they are driving a mobile vending truck.
4). If the applicant is pushing a cart valid ID is still necessary in order to complete a criminal background check. California ID Card is an acceptable form of ID. (For the list of valid ID see * below.)
5). Applicant should read and understand Napa Muni Code 5.40.010 – 5.40.070 which pertains to peddlers and solicitors, and NMC 10.36.180 which addresses peddlers and vendors parking.
6). Applicant must provide a certificate from Napa County Health Department stating their vehicle meets Health Department requirements. Please call 707-253-4471 for further assistance.  (Applicant must obtain this before paying City fees)
7). If driving a motor vehicle as a food vendor, applicant must have a Certificate of Liability Insurance for $1,000,000 naming the City of Napa as additionally insured.
8). Applicant must have current vehicle registration and insurance.
9). For interview with Napa Police Department applicant needs to bring a receipt showing all fees paid to the City of Napa, proof of insurance, proof of $1,000,000.00 liability insurance, vehicle registration, identification, Health Department Certificate.
10). Applicant must be interviewed and fingerprinted by Napa Police Department. Call Sgt. Mike Hensley at 707-258-7885 to schedule an appointment. Applicant will be given a temporary permit upon successful completion. Permanent permit will follow upon completion of background check.
* Valid ID is as follows; a State Driver's License or State Identification card is preferred.  If the applicant does not possess one of those the following is accepted:  US Birth Certificate or Passport, Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree, INS American Indian Card, US Identification Card, US Military ID Card, Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, Northern Mariana Card, Permanent Resident Card, Temporary Resident Card, Canadian passport, birth certificate, or border crossing card, Valid Foreign Passport with a valid Record of Arrival/Departure (Form I-94), Certificate from Ca Dept of Corrections or Youth Authority, Employment Authorization Card, Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit, Refugee Travel Document, Immigration Judge’s order granting asylum, Mexican border crossing card with valid I-94.

Fortune Teller/Palm Reader Permit
To obtain a Fortune Teller/Palm Reader permit, complete the permit application and pay the required fees. The permit application is available from the City of Napa Collections Department - inquire at the Collections window in the north wing of City Hall at 955 School Street. The application can also be downloaded for printing by clicking here. Note: Completion of the permit application along does not constitute issuance of the permit.

Ice Cream Vendor Permit (see Food Vendor Permit)

Library Cards
Library Cards are not issued by the City of Napa - they can be obtained from the Napa City-County Library.

Liquor License
Liquor licenses ae not issued by the City of Napa. Liquor license information can be obtained from Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

Marriage License
The City of Napa does not issue marriage licenses - they are obtained from the Napa County Recorder-County Clerk.

Massage Permit
Follow this link for more information on the Massage permit.

Parade Permit (see Special Event Permit)

Parking Permits
City of Napa parking permits for use in designated spaces in City parking facilities can be obtained from the Finance Department window in City Hall, 955 School Street, North Wing. Parking Permits for each upcoming calendar year are made available for sale in November on a “first come-first served” basis. Permits remaining available after this initial sale can be purchased during regular business hours. A permit for the full calendar year costs $360. Permits may also be purchased on a month-to-month basis for $30 per month. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, check or credit card.Owning a permit does not guarantee access to any particular parking spaces or locations. Person interested in permits may call 707-258-7880 x7701 for more information.

Second Hand Dealer/Pawnbroker Permit
Click here to download the instructions and permit application form for the Second Hand Dealer/Pawnbroker category. 
For a Pawnbroker Permit, this Financial Code document must also be downloaded and printed as part of the application process.

Solicitor/Canvasser/Peddler Permit
To obtain a Solicitor/Canvasser/Peddler permit for door-to-door sales, complete the permit application and pay the required fees. The permit application is available from the City of Napa Collections Department - inquire at the Collections window in the north wing of City Hall at 955 School Street.  The application can also be downloaded for printing by clicking here.  Note: Completion of the permit application along does not constitute issuance of the permit.

Applicant must be interviewed and fingerprinted by Napa Police Department. Call Sergeant Debbie Peecook at 707-257-9256 to schedule an appointment. Applicant will be given a temporary permit upon successful completion. A permit will follow upon completion of background check.
* Valid ID is as follows; a State Driver's License or State Identification card is preferred.  If the applicant does not possess one of those the following is accepted:  US Birth Certificate or Passport, Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree, INS American Indian Card, US Identification Card, US Military ID Card, Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, Northern Mariana Card, Permanent Resident Card, Temporary Resident Card, Canadian passport, birth certificate, or border crossing card, Valid Foreign Passport with a valid Record of Arrival/Departure (Form I-94), Certificate from Ca Dept of Corrections or Youth Authority, Employment Authorization Card, Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit, Refugee Travel Document, Immigration Judge’s order granting asylum, Mexican border crossing card with valid I-94.


Special Event Permit
This permit is issued by the Office of the Parks and Recreation Services Director after review by multiple City Departments. The Special Event Permit is required for activities such as parades, street fairs, block parties, rallies, and other events that require closures of City streets, sidewalks or other facilities, or may have an impact on the provision of City services beyond the normal day-to-day level. Permit applications must be submitted 90 days in advance and will be accepted up to 365 days in advance. For more information or to schedule a pre-application meeting, contact Kelly Abernathy at (707) 257-9206 or via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Persons interested in learning more about or applying for a Special Event Permit can:

Applications can be submitted:

  • In person: Parks and Recreation Services Department 1100 West St. (Next to the former Cinedome location) Monday-Friday 8am to 12:30pm or 1:30pm to 5pm. The office is closed on all major holidays.
  • By Mail: City of Napa, PO BOX 660 Napa, CA 94559 Attn: Kelly Abernathy
  • By Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Completion of the Application does not constitute permission for holding the event. The Application must be processed and all conditions met prior to final approval and issuance of a Special Event Permit.

Taxi Service License (see Vehicle for Hire Permit)

Transportation Permit
Transportation Permits are required by State Law when a trucked load exceeds the weight limits outlined in the California Vehicle Code.  The City issues Transportation Permits whenever such a trucked load is proposed to operate within the City Limits. Click here to download a Transporation Permit Form . This permit is issued by the Public Works Department.

Vehicle For Hire Permit
Follow this link for more information on the Vehicle for Hire permit.

Weapons Dealer Permit
Follow this link for more information on the Weapons Dealer permit.