Change or Update Information

Licensees are required to notify the Business License unit of any changes to their business that affects their license. Some changes may have little impact on the business license while others may require additional fees or a new application. If you have a current Santa Monica business license and any of the changes below have occurred, please complete the appropriate change of information form:

  • Change of legal entity name or DBA
  • Expand or change locations
  • Update or change to entity owners/officers
  • Updated existing business activity (i.e. a restaurant adding live entertainment to their current operations)
  • Updated contact information (telephone number, email address or mailing address)


Change of Information Forms

If you have a current Santa Monica business license and any changes have occurred, please complete the appropriate change of information form:

  • For a business located within the City, complete the In City form.
  • For a business located outside the City, complete the Out of City form.

Changes that may require a new application

Business licenses are not transferable and certain changes may require that a new business license be obtained. The following changes are examples of situations which require a new application be filed with the Business License unit:

  • Change in legal entity, (i.e. change from sole proprietor to corporation)
  • Add an additional business activity
  • Purchase of an existing business

APPLY for a new business license

Changes that may require additional forms & payment

If your physical location in the City has changed, download and complete the applicable form(s) below and return with payment indicated on the form(s).

DOWNLOAD FORMS and supplemental documents

Closing an Existing Business License

When a business is sold, closed, or has moved out of the City of Santa Monica, the Business License Office must be notified. Additional business license tax, assessments, fees, and penalties may apply depending on the expiration date of the current license and the date the business ceased operations in Santa Monica.


Close your business:

To close your business online, you will need your Web PIN. To close your business by mail, email, fax or in person, complete the Closure Form and return it.

ONLINE

with a Web PIN

BY MAIL

to the address on the Closure Form

IN PERSON

by visiting our office

NOTE: The Finance Department reserves the right to verify the information provided and should a determination be made that the business is still in operation in the City of Santa Monica, a business license will be required, and all appropriate taxes, fees, and penalties will be due.