Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Guide to the Law for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay area

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Most business law is made and implemented at the state level. See our Guide to Law for Business in California.

Is it illegal for landlords to keep a commercial property empty for too long?

San Francisco just passed a new law requiring commercial storefront owners to register and pay a fee for any “vacant or abandoned” storefronts. A retail space is considered vacant or abandoned if it is unoccupied for 30 days.1San Francisco Building Code Section 103A; 110

Are businesses in San Francisco required to accept cash?

Yes, see our Guide to Consumer Laws in San Francisco.

Does a business in San Francisco need a license?

Yes, see licensing & permitting requirements.

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