Running a Business

Whether you're a Fortune 500 company or just starting out with a payroll of one, sometimes you need a little help. Learn how to keep your Hayward business running strong and connect to City staff that can help you achieve your goals.

We're in your corner

The City of Hayward's Economic Development division is your concierge for the business community. Our teams is here to assist you with site selection resources, connection to local suppliers and other key information you need to keep your business running strong.

Below, we have put together a list of contact numbers and weblinks for resources we think will be most beneficial to you as a business owner.  If there are any other issues or questions you may have, please give us a call.  The Economic Development team is here to assist. 

Contact Economic Development at (510) 583-5540 or email us at to get started.

Key Resources

EMERGENCY CALLS, Police, Fire, Medical………………………………911 


Agency Name and Description 

Phone Number 

Access Hayward – report problems, request services, ask questions 


Alameda County Health – Environmental protection, food safety   


Alameda County Workforce Development Board – Employee Hiring, Training, and Layoff assistance   


Alcohol Beverage Control – State licensing for Bars, Restaurants, special events to serve alcoholic beverages   


Building Permits – City of Hayward permitting for building improvements including electrical, structural, and plumbing.   


Business License – City of Hayward new and renewal of business licenses.   


California Employment Development Department – State of California resources for employers and employees.   

Use link for service specific phone numbers 

Code Enforcement – health and safety, graffiti, trash    


East Bay Small Business Development Center – Business support classes and assistance   


Economic Development – City of Hayward Concierge for the Business Community.   


Homeless Services – City of Hayward Community Services Division 


PG&E Commercial Services – Commercial electricity and gas services    


Small Business Administration – Funding, counseling, federal contracting and disaster recovery   


Solid Waste and Recycling – City of Hayward Utilities Division   


State Franchise Tax Board – State Tax Filing 

1-800-852-5711 Green Business Certification – Recognition of businesses utilizing green efforts.   


Waste Management – Trash and Recycling Services   


Water Billing and Service – City of Hayward water service and billing.