Welcome to the City of Long Beach Business License Division

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, and through field investigations.

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. For more information regarding BIDS, please click here.

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. To download an application, please click

For instructions on how to complete a business license application, please click

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 (please click on the links below to obtain further information)

Alarm Permits
Commercial Property Owners
Business License Fees
Garage/Yard Sale Permits
Business License Out of Business Form
Special Events
Business Improvement District (BIDS)
Transient Occupancy Tax

Other Helpful Information

Business License Forms

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)

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 at
The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov
The California Commission on Disability Access at www.cda.ca.gov