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Business & Other Licenses

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:

You may contact us using the information below:

City of Santa Monica Finance Department
Business & Revenue Operations
1717 Fourth Street, Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA 90401 


Phone: (310) 458-8745
Fax: (310) 458-3283
Email: business.license@smgov.net

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