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Business Licenses

The Business License Division is responsible for the licensing and permitting of all businesses in the City of Long Beach, the collection of business tax, Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) for hotels, alarm permits, garage/yard sale permits, and other miscellaneous permits and fees. Business License also facilitates the entertainment permit process for City Council hearings, revocations, suspensions, and appeal hearings. This division serves customers and residents over the counter, telephone, email and through field investigations.


General Business License Information

The LBMC section 3.80.210 requires all businesses operating in the City of Long Beach to pay a business license tax. In some cases the City may require a regulatory permit and/or evidence of a State or Federal license. Prior to issuing a business license, certain business types will require the buisiness license application and/or business location to be reviewed by the Development Services, Fire, Health, and/or Police Departments. Businesses located in Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) require additional fees.

More Information on BIDS

You may apply for a business license in person or by mail (certain restrictions apply). All business license applications must have original signatures. Copies, emails, or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Business License Application
Business License Application Instructions

Business license renewals are sent out annually. If you do not receive a bill, it is the business owner's responsibility to submit the annual renewal fees. If renewal fees are not received on time, or if not paid, the business will not receive a license and/or it may be subject to penalties.

If you no longer operate your business or you would like to close your business in the City of Long Beach, please complete the following form. Please keep in mind the City will not close your account automatically.  


The Business License Division oversees the following operations:

Business License Forms

Other Business License Forms


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The Business License Division is located in City Hall.

City of Long Beach
333 W. Ocean Boulevard, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
 

COUNTER HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

PHONE HOURS:
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone number: (562) 570-6211
Fax number: (562) 499-1097
Email:
LBBIZ@longbeach.gov  


State Mandated ADA Fee (SB 1186)

On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186. The law mandates a state fee of $1 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disabilty laws.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

The Division of the State Architect
The Department of Rehabilitation
The California Commission on Disability Access