Fortune Telling Permit

Who Needs a Permit?

If your business falls under the definition of fortune-telling below, you need a permit.

Fortune-telling means: Telling fortunes, forecasting futures, or furnishing any information not otherwise obtainable by ordinary rational process of knowledge; or Use of any occult, psychic power, faculty, force, clairvoyance, clairaudience, cartomancy, psychology, psychometry, phrenology, spirits, tea leaves or other such reading, mediumship, seership, prophecy, augury, astrology, palmistry, necromancy, mind-reading, telepathy, craft, art, science, cards, talisman, charm, potion, magnetism, magnetized article, magnetized substance, gypsy cunning, foresight, crystal gazing, oriental mysteries, magic, or any other such unusual method.

Why is a Permit Required?

The purpose of the permit is to reduce the risk of fraud and larceny to clients while allowing fortune-tellers to provide their services to clients with only minimal restrictions. The provisions of the Fremont Municipal Code require paperwork that makes it more difficult for an unscrupulous fortune-teller to commit fraud or larceny. 

Permit Application & Submission

Annual Fees

Fees are applicable to new and renewing applications, to recover administrative costs:

New Permit Application$30
Annual Permit Renewal$30
Background Check (required at the time of Fortune Telling Application and Renewal)$113

Permit Validity/Renewal

  • Permits are valid for one year from the month of issuance, are non-transferable, and must be renewed annually.
  • Permit renewal applications must be submitted 60 days prior to the expiration date and are subject to the same evaluation criteria as the original application.

Other Requirements

  • The Fortune Teller must also obtain and renew an annual City of Fremont business tax certificate.
  • All new Fortune Telling locations are required to have approval from the City's Planning and Zoning Department. You can check zoning requirements when you drop off your application.


Exemptions for which the ordinance does not apply include:

  • Entertaining the public by demonstrations of mind-reading, mental telepathy, thought conveyance, or horoscopic readings; at public places; in the presence of and within the hearing of other persons; when no questions are answered, as part of such entertainment, except when all persons can hear the answers to those questions simultaneously.
  • Persons conducting religious services when they both hold certificates of ordination as ministers, missionaries, mediums, healers, or clairvoyants, hereinafter referred to collectively as ministers; and when the certificate is from a bona fide religious association maintaining a church, holding regular services, and having a set of religious principles recognized by all churches of like faith; provided, that:
  • Except as provided in subsection (b)(3) of this section, things of value received for services shall be accounted for and paid solely for the benefit of the religious association;
  • Ministers shall file with the police chief a certified copy of their certificate of ordination with their names, ages, street addresses, and phone numbers where the activity is to be conducted; and
  • Such religious associations may pay their ministers compensation based upon some percentage, under an agreement with the ministers, embodied in a resolution and transcribed in the minutes of such churches or religious associations.

Contact Us

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     (510) 494-4790 

    Documentation & Fee Drop Off

    Development Services Center
    Revenue Division (Cashier Window)
    39550 Liberty Street
    Fremont, CA 94537


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    (closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

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