The City of Santa Monica requires all businesses operating within the City limits, including property owners and independent contractors, to obtain a business license and to pay business license tax before starting operations.
Rates depend on the type of business. You can use the business tax calculator to estimate your tax payment.
Apply for a license, pay for a license, renew a license
Visit the Doing Business in Santa Monica (business license) section to manage all business license related activities.
Please contact Business License with any questions.