Doing Business

Whether you’re a long established business in Old Sacramento or you’re looking to grow, you can find just a few of the valuable resources you’ll need below. Click here for a lesson on Who’s Who in the district, from the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP), the City of Sacramento, California State Parks and more!

Good NeighborGood Neighbor Program

An effort by the merchants of Old Sacramento in conjunction with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership Clean Streets Team.

For guidelines and contact info regarding maintenance, click here

2014-06-22 15.11.14Sign Ordinances & Application Process

To download the complete sign guidelines for Old Sacramento, click here

To download the sign permit instructions, click here

To download the sign design application, click here

To download the city sign permit application, click here

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Street parking in Old Sacramento is designed for short-term visitors and should not be used for your business or employee parking needs. The city offers many programs from monthly passes in the garages to discounted parking for your employees.

For general information including business deliveries, permits, monthly parking passes, etc, click here

For information and the application for the Discounted Employee Parking Program (DEPP), click here

For information and the application for the Part-time Employee Parking Program (P-TEP), click here

Validation Program

Offer your customers an added benefit to shopping in your store or dining in your restaurant with the City of Sacramento Validation Program.

To download the application to join the validation program, click here

Once you have applied and been approved, you may contact the Old Sacramento District office at (916) 970-5226. Validations are sold & delivered on Mondays & Thursdays only, so please plan accordingly.  Minimum order quantity equals 100 validations/$50.

Merchant Alerts & Merchant Meetings

The Old Sacramento Department of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership communicates through email merchant alerts and quarterly merchant meetings. If you are a merchant in the district and you are not receiving emails, please email us at with your name, your business name and your email address so we can add you to the directory.

Business Operation Tax Certificate
All businesses that operate in the city limits or do business with the City of Sacramento must have a Business Operation Tax certificate. The certificate is the equivalent of a business license in other jurisdictions.
For more information about the Business Operations Tax click here
For FAQs and online services, click here

Business Development

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership is the direct liaison for the business community and is on-call to help current and new businesses navigate their way through public processes to ensure a profitable residency in Old Sacramento. Let us help you make the connections and access the resources you need to succeed from small business financing and business planning to assistance with public permits and licenses.

Contact Valerie Mamone-Werder, Senior Manager of Business Development, for more information at (916) 442-8575 or