doing business here
helping you thrive
Downtown San Mateo is one of the most business-friendly communities in all of the Bay Area. That’s why so many companies have called our historic buildings home for decades, and why innovative new startups are drawn to the laid-back yet forward-thinking vibe here.
Part of what makes Downtown San Mateo so attractive for businesses is how eager we are to help you thrive. Here are a few resources to keep your business vision on track in Downtown.
• Downtown Business Improvement District Assessments: Zone 1 / Zone 2
• Downtown San Mateo Business Improvement District Map
• Zoning maps, spaces for lease, and business licenses
• Business Resource Guide – for planning, permitting and more
• Community Development Department – for building renovations
• Waste management & recycling
• Water Pollution Prevention Tips for Food Service Facilities
• Outdoor dining permit guidelines
• Public Works and Code Enforcement
• California Chamber of Commerce: State employment law overview
• San Mateo County Health System: Food business safety requirements
• SMCMVCD: Rodent prevention & pest control
For small businesses
San Mateo Small Business Development Center
Visit for no- and low-cost business counseling, training, information and events.
• One-on-one advising
• Trainings & workshops & online courses
• Specialty programs
Home to the only dedicated business library in San Mateo County. Available materials include up-to-date business and reference titles, electronic database subscriptions, and free and low-cost business workshops.
Travel options for
Downtown San Mateo is centrally located and offers numerous transportation options for your employees and customers.
• Caltrain’s San Mateo Station is just steps away from any downtown destination.
• Numerous SamTrans bus routes serve the downtown district, from El Camino Real
to the Transit Center to Delaware Street.
• Parking is available throughout downtown. The City also offers permit parking to
accommodate downtown workers.
• Commute by bike! Use this bike map and try our Bay Wheels bikeshare program.
• Get commuting info and planning assistance at commute.org. Available to both
individuals and employers.
• Scoop custom carpool is available for commuters traveling to or from San Mateo.