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Business & Other Licenses

The City of Santa Monica requires all businesses operating within the City limits to obtain a business license and pay all applicable 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

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.

To search for a business or to take action on your existing account, including renewing and making a payment, click here:
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For more detailed information on any of the following, select an option below:
  • How to Apply for a new business license
  • How to Renew an existing business license
  • How to Update information related to your existing business license
  • How to Close your existing business license
  • How to Respond to a business license compliance notice
  • How to Apply for a performance permit
You may also wish to: 

City of Santa Monica
Revenue Division - Business License Office
1717 Fourth Street, Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8745
Fax: (310) 451-3283
Email: business.license@smgov.net
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