The City of Santa Monica requires all businesses operation within the City limits, including property owners and independent contractors, to obtain a business license and to pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations. This requirement benefits the well-being of the overall community by funding essential services, such as:
Sidewalks ◊ Streets ◊ Parks ◊ Beach Maintenance ◊ Economic Development ◊ Police ◊ Fire
The business license process also ensure that businesses operating in the City of Santa Monica Comply with local, state and federal regulations. These are all factors that help to create a more vibrant and viable business community.
To ensure a seamless transition into full and compliant operations with the City of Santa Monica's municipal code, below are the options related to the business license requirements:
Please choose the option that best fits your need: