PRESS RELEASE

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

11/9/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 110920
Subject:
City Offers Extended Relief to Restaurants and Other Businesses for Licensing Fees Through Nov. 30
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 financial strain that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on many local businesses. In an effort to further support business owners impacted by the pandemic, the City is offering additional time to pay some City fees.

“As a city, we’re committed to doing everything we can to preserve our local businesses during this crisis,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Businesses are not just job creators — they bring energy and culture to the community and are absolutely deserving of our efforts to ease the financial burdens caused by this pandemic.”

The City has extended the waiver of penalties related to the payment of any license taxes and health, fire and business licensing fees issued from March 16, 2020, to Nov. 30, 2020. Any bills issued during that time should still be paid, but no penalty will accrue until after Nov. 30. 

This policy follows the direction from the City Council, which requested that the City Manager provide options for relief to restaurants and other businesses impacted by the pandemic. In August, the City extended relief to restaurants and other businesses for licensing and health fees through Oct. 31. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the City Council is scheduled to consider whether to further extend the deferral and whether to provide a grant to businesses that have been closed to cover some of the business license tax and business fee costs.

The City continues to explore options for supporting all businesses impacted most by the pandemic. For more information about business assistance and resources, go to the Business Support webpage or contact the City’s Business Hotline at 562.570.4BIZ (4249).

In July, the Long Beach City Council approved a spending plan for the City’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, which allocates funding for business recovery and resiliency efforts and small business grants. 

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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