Business License & Tax
long is the certificate valid?
Applications are received
daily for new businesses. These new businesses receive a
certificate, which is valid from the month the application is
received through June 30th of each year.
do I renew my business license?
All annual business license
& tax certificate renewals are due and payable on July 1st of each
year and become delinquent on July 31st of each year. All
renewing businesses must submit a written statement, on a form provided
by the Finance and Information Technology Department, stating the gross receipts earned the
preceding calendar year as reported to federal or state taxing
much is the total renewal fee?
There are three separate
components of the business license and tax certificate renewal fees:
business tax, business license and, for downtown businesses, a
The business tax
is measured by gross receipts from the preceding completed calendar
or fiscal year. The tax for all businesses is fifty cents per
thousand dollars of gross receipts; with a minimum amount of $25.00.
license is a flat $44.00 fee for all businesses.
business assessment is fifty-five cents per thousand dollars of
gross receipts; with a minimum amount of $150.00.
License Renewal (sample)
may also apply if your business has changed location within the city
limits. Please call the Community Development Department
at 805-781-7172 for more details.
What are gross receipts?
are the total amount actually received from sales, service, rentals
or leases. Gross receipts include all receipts, cash, credits
and transfers of any kind earned in the course of business. Gross receipts information is confidential.
What do I do
if my business is closed?
Please fill out
the closing date on the lower left-hand side of the renewal form,
sign the bottom and mail it the Finance and Information Technology
there penalties if I do not renew my business license & tax certificate?
There is a
penalty of $15.00, or 1.5%, whichever is greater, monthly, on all
that have not renewed their license by January will begin to accrue
Administrative Citations in the amounts of $100.00, $200.00 and
What is verification? Why do I have
to verify my gross receipts?
Since the City's
business tax is based on the gross receipts generated in the last
fiscal year, this program has been implemented to reasonably ensure
that everyone is equally paying the amount of tax due to the City
and that they are in compliance with the City's municipal code.
How do I verify?
Program Fact Sheet