Business Licenses

The City of San Marino welcomes you to our business community. We are glad that you have selected San Marino to operate your business; we are here to assist you through the business license process. Below are the business license applications and some frequently asked questions. For more information, please contact the Planning and Building Department at (626) 300-0700.  We are now located on the first floor in the Planning and Building Department.

Who needs to apply for a Business License?

All persons or companies conducting business within the City limits of San Marino 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 and home businesses. Please note: businesses based outside of the City of San Marino who are conducting business in the City (eg. contractors, consultants, designers, landscape maintenance companies, mobile food vendors) must also file an application.

When should an application be submitted?

An application should 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 (first floor) or can be downloaded from our website from the form catalog.

For in City businesses: once an application is submitted, it is reviewed and approved by various departments prior to issuance.

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.  However, it is the sole responsibility of the business owner to make sure the business license is renewed prior to commencing work in San Marino. Please contact the Planning and Building Department if you have questions about your business license renewal at (626) 300-0700.

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.

Where is my license valid?

Your business license is valid only within the city limits of San Marino 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.

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.