How to apply for a business license.
Complete the Business License Application and the Storm Water Form and bring both to the City.. If you prefer, you may have a business license application faxed or mailed to you by contacting (805) 925-0951 extension 422.
Submit the completed business license application to the Community Development Department, Planning Division. The Planning Division is located at 110 S. Pine Street, Suite 101, Santa Maria, CA 93458. Community Development staff may be contacted at (805) 925-0951 extension 244.
- Zoning Verification
To assure that the type of business license you are applying for is permitted use in the proposed location the business license application will be reviewed for zoning verification.
- Building Inspection
If zoning is approved, a building inspection may be scheduled to verify that your business location is in compliance with health and safety regulations. Tenant improvements and new construction should be completed prior to the date your business is scheduled for inspection.
- Community Development Fees
At the time you submit your application, fees will be due for zoning, inspection, and certificate of occupancy. Although, you may choose to pay the business license application fee and tax at this time, the business license application fee and tax is not required at the time you submit your business license application.
A business license application fee and tax is required to be paid prior to the opening of business. The business license application fee and tax may be paid at the Finance Division (110 E. Cook St., Room 6 - Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) or at Community Development (110 S. Pine St., Suite 101 - Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.). The business license will be mailed to you approximately one week after all requirements have been met and fees have been paid.
For information regarding the cost of obtaining a business license, please contact the Department of Administrative Services, Finance Division at (805) 925-0951 extension 422.
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How long is a business license valid?
A business license expires at the end of the 12th month following the first day that the business is scheduled to open for business.
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If your business is located outside the City limits, but business will be conducted within the City limits, it is required that you obtain a business license prior to commencing business. Submit the completed business license application to the Finance Division and pay the business license application fee and tax. You may contact the Finance Division at (805) 925-0951 extension 422 and staff will calculate the business license fee for your type of business.
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The City regulates certain types of businesses located within City limits. Prior to issuance of a business license, the following types of businesses require approval by various City departments and/or City Council. The approval process may take several weeks to complete.