The Business License Division is responsible for the licensing and permitting of all businesses in the City of Long Beach, the collection of business tax, Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) for hotels, alarm permits, garage/yard sale permits, and other miscellaneous permits and fees. Business License also facilitates the entertainment permit process for City Council hearings, revocations, suspensions, and appeal hearings. This division serves customers and residents over the counter, telephone, email and through field investigations.
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General Business License Information
The LBMC section 3.80.210 requires all businesses operating in the City of Long Beach to pay a business license tax. In some cases the City may require a regulatory permit and/or evidence of a State or Federal license. Prior to issuing a business license, certain business types will require the business license application and/or business location to be reviewed by the Development Services, Fire, Health, and/or Police Departments. Businesses located in Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) require additional fees.
You may apply for a business license in person or by mail (certain restrictions apply). All business license applications must have original signatures. Copies, emails, or faxed applications will not be accepted.
Business license renewals are sent out annually. If you do not receive a bill, it is the business owner's responsibility to submit the annual renewal fees. If renewal fees are not received on time, or if not paid, the business will not receive a license and/or it may be subject to penalties.
If you no longer operate your business or you would like to close your business in the City of Long Beach, please complete the following form. Please keep in mind the City will not close your account automatically.
The Business License Division oversees the following operations:
Business License Forms & Applications
- Business License Application
- Special Event Vendor Application
- Seasonal Sales Application
- Alarm Permit Application
- Transient Occupancy Tax Computation Form
- Long Beach Tourism Business Improvement Assessment Form
- Garage Sale Application
- Home Occupation Standard Rules of Operation
- Massage Establishment Permit Application
Other Business License Forms
- Business License Rates
- Business License Out of Business Form
- Business Improvement District (BIDS)
- Other Helpful Information
- (NEW!) Small Business License Incentive Program
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The Business License Division is located in City Hall.
City of Long Beach
333 W. Ocean Boulevard, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone number: (562) 570-6211
Fax number: (562) 499-1097
State Mandated ADA Fee (SB 1186, AB 1379)
On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186. The law mandates a state fee of $1 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws.
On October 11, 2017 Governor Brown signed into law AB-1379. The law increases the state mandated fee of $1 to $4 beginning January 1, 2018. The increase will sunset on January 1, 2024 and the fee will revert back to $1 thereafter.
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies: