Business License Information

COVID-19 UPDATE: CITY HALL REMAINS CLOSED AT THIS TIME.  ALL BUSINESS LICENSES EXPIRED ON JUNE 30, 2020 AND ARE REQUIRED TO BE RENEWED.  TO RENEW YOUR BUSINESS LICENSE FOLLOW THE PAYMENT AND PAPERWORK DELIVERY OPTIONS BELOW:

Payment Options:

Paperwork Delivery Options:

  • Send your paperwork via USPS to 211 8th Street, Seal Beach, CA 90740
  • Bring your paperwork in an envelope to City Hall and drop it in the blue drop box outside City Hall
  • Email any paperwork to BusinessLicense@sealbeachca.gov

General Business Licenses
The City of Seal Beach Finance Department processes all business license applications except for State Licensed Contractors.  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. Business licenses are valid from July 1st through June 30th of each year.  Business applying for a business license after January 31st are charged a reduced rate as their license also expires on June 30th.

State Licensed Contractors
The City of Seal Beach Building & Safety division processes all business license applications for State Licensed Contractors. Please complete the
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 the business license team at:

Email: BusinessLicense@sealbeachca.gov
Phone: (562) 431-2527 x1314

State Mandated Fee:
On October 11, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1379, directing cities to add an increased State Fee of $4.00 to any application fee or renewal fee for a business license, effective January 1, 2018.  This fee will provide a funding source for increased education on disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements to facilitate compliance with the federal and state disability laws.  For questions about this fee, contact the Division of the State Architect at (213) 897-3995.

A $25 application fee will be required with each application submitted to the Business License Department. For new business license applications, please submit your payment and your application information.  Once your application has been processed, you will receive an invoice for the business license fee that is due.

Contractors Business License Application
In City Business License Application
Out of City Business License Application
Home Occupation Agreement
General Information
Business License Tax Information
Frequently Asked Questions
City of Seal Beach Municipal Code, Title 5