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General Business License

All businesses operating within the City of Long Beach need to obtain a business license, including out-of-city or home-based businesses. Prior to issuing a business license, other City departments may need to review and approve the application. 

New businesses and existing businesses making the following changes require a new business license application:
  • Change in legal entity
  • Change in business owners 50% or greater
  • Change of business location
  • Adding an additional business activity
Before submitting an application, please review the Business License Application Instructions

How to Apply


Eligible business types may apply online and get resources on our Business Portal

Check if you are an eligible business here

In Person

All business types may submit an application in person to the Business License Division at

411 W. Ocean Blvd.,
2nd Floor Long Beach, CA 90802

Business License Application

By Mail

Out of City businesses may submit an application by mail to the Business
License Division at 411 W. Ocean Blvd., 2nd Floor Long Beach, CA 90802

Make sure you provide all required forms and permits along with the business license application!

Required Forms & Permits

Business License Tax Rates

Businesses are charged different tax rates depending on the classification of business. To find out more information, see our Taxes & Fees