Business License Information

A business license is required for all businesses operating within City limits, including temporary activities and contractors with offices outside the City. The cost of a business license varies according to the type of business.

The City of Seal Beach Building & Safety division processes all business license applications for State Licensed Contractors. Please complete the one page Contractor's business license application including all workers compensation information, the license is valid for one year. The building division may be reached at (562) 431-2527 extension 1323.

Payment of the business license does not constitute zoning, building, or fire code approval. Check with the Department of Community Development in order to determine if your business can legally be established at your location.

New food service establishments need to comply with the City’s Municipal Code Chapter 9.25 (Fats, Oil and Grease Management and Discharge Control), in addition to applying to the City of Seal Beach for a business license and Certificate of Occupancy.  As part of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), local municipalities are responsible for conducting inspections for correct handling of fats, oils, and greases. For more information about this program, click here.

For your convenience, we have attached the forms necessary to apply for a business license. Please follow the instructions at the top of each form. For your use, additional general information is also provided. Should you have other questions regarding the business license process, please contact:

Senior Accounting Technician, Michelle Marquez
Phone: (562) 431-2527 x1314 

Application for Business License
Police Department Notification of License or Permit Application
Stormwater Quality Information & Supplemental Application
South Coast Air Quality Management District Application
Application for State Licensed Contractors
Home Occupation Agreement
General Information
Business License Tax Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Process & Fees
City of Seal Beach FY 2016-2017 Fee Schedule
City of Seal Beach Municipal Code, Title 5
City Ordinance Pertaining to Massage Establishments
Special Event Vendor Application