Welcome to the City of Santa Monica. We are pleased that you are considering participation in the Santa Monica business community and wish you much success. The Business License program benefits the well-being of the overall community by funding essential services, such as:
Sidewalks ◊ Streets ◊ Parks ◊ Beach Maintenance ◊ Economic Development ◊ Police ◊ Fire
Santa Monica Municipal Code provides for the City to levy and collect business license taxes, business improvement district assessments, and fees for other regulatory permits. The Business License Unit is responsible for the administration of this program, which includes ensuring that businesses operating in the City are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.
Business License Quick Links
Many of our services can quickly be completed online. Simply click on the appropriate Online Services links below.
Stay up-to-date with the City of Santa Monica Business License Unit.
- CITY HALL EAST PERMIT SERVICES CENTER REOPENING
Effective May 3, 2021. The Permit Services Center is open by appointment only with limited hours and services. Please click the link HERE to schedule an appointment. We are located at 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Enter the building at the south entrance accessible from Olympic Dr. Check-in measures are in place to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Please be sure to comply with these measures when visiting the Permit Services Center by wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing from others.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit the City's Coronavirus Information page.
- PERFORMER PERMIT SUSPENSION LIFTED AS OF MAY 1, 2021
Performers can perform on the Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Transit Mall. Performance permits issued for the period January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 shall remain vaild for the period May 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.
- RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
Many business owners have been affected as result of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or civil unrest. The City of Santa Monica along with other entities have enacted programs that may assist businesses during this time, including extensions on the payment of business license renewals. For information about applying for an extension and other resources for businesses, please visit our Resources for Businesses page.
- WE'VE MOVED!
The Business License office has moved to the new City Hall East building located at 1685 Main Street. Please click HERE for the link to make an appointment prior to visting our new office. Once it is time for your appointment, please enter the building at the south entrance accessible from Olympic Dr. Check-in measures are in place to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Please be sure to comply with these measures when visiting the Permit Services Center by wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing from others.
- UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND OPT-IN TO RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE ELECTRONICALLY
Did you know you can now opt-in to receive your business license certificate by email? It's easy! Simply log in to your online account, update your email address and select the option to receive your certificate via email instead of mail to avoid any printing and mailing delays.
The links below provide detailed information and direct access to specific Business License processes.
for a new business license
an existing business license
an existing business license
how to respond
an outstanding balance