General Business LicenseAll 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
How to Apply
All business types may submit an application in person to the Business License Division at
411 W. Ocean Blvd.,
Out of City businesses may submit an application by mail to the Business
|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.
You may apply for a business license in person, online, or by mail. More information can be found at Apply for a Business License.
When you apply for a business license, you should provide any documentation and permits issued to your business for that particular activity (see Required Forms and Permits).
Please ensure all documents provided are issued to the same entity that is applying for the business license.
For businesses applying online, please submit the additional documents to email@example.com after applying and please provide your business license account number with the email.
Yes. Pursuant to the Long Beach Municipal Code, a business license is required for each separate location in the City.
Yes. If you move your business to another location in the City, you must re-apply for a business license at the new location. On the application you will mark "Change of Address" as the application reason.
If you are moving your business to another city, please submit an Out of Business Notification Form to our office prior to the expiration date of your license.
No. An application is only required for the initial business license unless the business is changing ownership or changing locations. Each year, the business will receive a bill for the business license taxes and fees. Once the bill is paid, the business license is renewed for the upcoming year.
Changing locations requires many different departments at the Permit Center to review the application. In an effort to save your time and have all departments review the application the same day, we require that you come in to submit an application.