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
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 buisiness 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.
Information on BIDS
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
License Application Instructions
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
The Business License Division oversees
the following operations:
Business License Forms
Other Business License Forms
The web payment service for Business License related accounts will be temporarily unavailable beginning July 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM and will be available again on August 3, 2015 at 7:30 AM. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or need assistance you may contact Business Licensing by calling (562)570-6211 or by email at LBBIZ@LongBeach.Gov Monday thru Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
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
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)
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 disabilty laws.
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:
The Division of the State Architect
The Department of Rehabilitation
The California Commission on Disability Access