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.
To submit your application electronically, select the type of business license application required (see orange links below), download the applicable form below, fill it out, and click submit at the bottom of the application. (Note: In order to ensure compatibility, you must first download your form onto your computer before filling out and submitting.)
What application should I complete?

Contractors 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?                                                                       FAQsBusiness License FAQ

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?

Applications are available at the Finance Department in City Hall or can be downloaded from our website (links provided above). Once an application is submitted, it is reviewed and approved by various departments prior to issuance and mailing.

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 website, posted as the City's Master Schedule of Fees. Please contact the Finance Department for the total amount due: (626) 403-7258. 

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.  Please contact the Finance Department if you have questions about your business license renewal.

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?
Please send us a notice in writing if you would like to close your business license.


City of South Pasadena
Finance Department - Attn: Business License
1414 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA  91030

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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