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Business License

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The City has provided the below links to submit business license documents electronically. 
For any business licensing related questions, please call the City of South Pasadena, Finance Department - Business Licensing at (626) 403-7258.
Click here to submit your application online
What type of licenses can I apply for?

Contractor's Business License If you are doing work in South Pasadena but your business is not physically located here

Home Business License: if you live in South Pasadena and use your home as an office or as the headquarters for your business.

Commercial Business License: If your business is physically located in South Pasadena at a location other than your home.


Who needs to apply for a Business License?                                                             

All persons or companies conducting business within the City limits of South Pasadena are required to obtain a city business license. This includes but is not limited to retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, service providers, professionals, non-profit organizations, independent contractors, home businesses and residential landlords renting three or more units.  Please note: businesses based outside of the City of South Pasadena who are conducting business in the City (e.g. contractors, consultants, architects, designers, landscape maintenance companies, mobile food vendors) must also file an application. Please also see the City's Business License Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 


When should an application be submitted?
An application must be submitted and fees must be paid prior to commencement of business operations. 

Where can I obtain a Business License application?

You may apply online using our website (links provided above) or by phone at (626) 403-7258. Once an application is submitted, it is reviewed and approved by various departments prior to issuance. Your license will be emailed or mailed to you once approved.

How are fees calculated?

A variety of classifications and rates are set forth in the Business License Ordinance. A brief rate schedule of the most common classifications is available on the City's Master Schedule of Fees.

When do I renew my license?

Most business licenses are valid for one year, and must be renewed annually.  For annual business licenses, a renewal notice will be mailed to you the month prior to your license expiring.  

Is non-compliance penalized?
It is unlawful for any person to transact and carry on any business without first having procured a license. Failure to comply with the ordinance may subject the violator to penalties and possible civil or criminal action. 

Where is my license valid?

Your Business License is valid only within the city limits of South Pasadena - while doing business from your commercial/professional location, your residence, or when you are providing services to a resident or business within the city limits. 

What if I close my business or move it to another city?

You may close your business license online at or by phone at (626) 403-7258.

Can I transfer my license to someone else?
Business Licenses are not transferable from one owner to another.  The new owner must submit a new application.

Your business license is not a permit to operate and does not authorize you to operate a business that is otherwise prohibited by law or ordinance.

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