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Business License Compliance Program

All businesses operating within the City limits, including property owners and independent contractors, are required to obtain a business license and pay business license tax. The business license process ensures businesses operating in the City of Santa Monica comply with local, state and federal regulations. 

Through the sharing of data, predominately the Franchise Tax Board, the City identifies business entities and sole proprietorships that may be operating without a business license and sends them notices to file. To ensure a seamless transition into full and compliant operations with the City of Santa Monica's municipal code, please apply for a business license no later than the deadline on the notice you received.

Important Information

To apply online, click here:

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If you would prefer to apply via mail, fax or in person, download one of the application packets below.


Please select the application packet that best suits your business: 

If you believe that you have received a Notice to File for a Business License in error, please complete and return the following form: 

Business License Certificate Steps

On all correspondence, include the Notice Number printed on your letter.

  1. Complete the applicable application packet listed above
  2. Submit the completed packet and payment amount listed on the application
  3. Note:  you will receive an invoice within approximately 30 days with the amount owed for all prior year taxes, assessments, penalties and fees due based on the gross reciepts information you provided
  4. Submit payment in the amount listed on your invoice (no license will be issued without full payment)

The application will be routed to City departments for review. Once the appropriate approvals are received, a business license certificate will be issued.

Contact Information for Application Submittal

City of Santa Monica
Revenue Division - Business License Office
1717 4th Street, Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA  90401
(310) 458-8745 phone
(310) 451-3283 fax
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