PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/20/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 082020-3
Subject:
City Offers Extended Relief to Restaurants and Other Businesses for Licensing Fees Through October 31
Contact:
John Gross
Director of Financial Management
562.570.6427
John.Gross@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach continues to recognize the strain that the COVID-19 pandemic has on many local businesses and has taken action to further reduce that strain by providing more time to pay some city fees. 

“I am committed to doing everything we can to support and preserve our local businesses in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Businesses are not just job creators — they are also irreplaceable incubators of culture and community and absolutely deserving of our efforts to ease the financial burden caused by this pandemic.”

Effective immediately, the City is extending the waiver of penalties related to payment of any business license bill issued from March 16, 2020, through October 31, 2020. Any bills issued during that time should still be paid, but no penalty will accrue until after October 31. Penalties also will be waived through October 31 for health fees that were billed after March 16, 2020.

This policy follows direction from City Council earlier this month, when Council requested the City Manager to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a temporary suspension of certain business licensing renewal fees for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City continues to look into and develop additional steps to help businesses, including restaurants.

For additional information and resources, business owners may call the Long Beach Business Hotline at 562.570.4BIZ (4249), weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Business and worker resources are also available on the City’s website.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit: longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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