Business Licenses

This web page is to confirm that business certificates (licenses) are no longer required for businesses in the unincorporated portions of the County of San Diego. The Board of Supervisors deleted this requirement in August 1998.

Communities in the unincorporated portions of San Diego County include, but are not limited to:

Alpine Descanso Lake Morena Rancho San Diego
Bonsall Dulzura Lakeside San Dieguito
Bonita (91902) Fallbrook Pala Spring Valley
Borrego Springs Granite Hills Pauma Sweetwater
Boulevard Harbison Canyon Pine Valley Tecate
Campo Hidden Meadows Potrero Twin Oaks Valley
Crest Jacumba Rainbow Valle de Oro
Cuyamaca Jamul Ramona Valley Center
Dehesa Julian Rancho Santa Fe Warner Springs

While a business certificate (license) is not required from the County, businesses must comply with rules and regulations affecting businesses. For information regarding applicable rules, regulations, and permits, please visit the State of California Business Portal CalGold.

Requirements for Incorporated Cities
Please be advised that incorporated cities may require a business license when conducting business within city limits. Applicants are encouraged to contact the respective city for rules and regulations governing their business license practices.

Carlsbad 760-602-2495
The City of Carlsbad requires all businesses who wish to commence, carry on, or engage in any business, either permanently or temporarily, within the corporate limits of Carlsbad to have a valid, unexpired license.

Chula Vista 619-691-5250
A business license is required in the City of Chula Vista by any person who transacts, engages in or carries on any business within the corporate limits of the city.

Coronado 619-522-7320
Licenses are required.

Del Mar 858-755-9354

The City of Del Mar requires all businesses conducting “transactions and carrying on of business within the city” to obtain an annual business license. Home-based businesses and those that operate through a post office box are also required to obtain a business license.

El Cajon 619-441-1668
A business license is required of anyone doing business in the City of El Cajon. This includes those who work out of their home, and businesses from outside the City of El Cajon that perform services and/or sales at the customer's place of business or residence in El Cajon.

Encinitas 760-633-2605

The City of Encinitas uses a Registry Program in lieu of a Business License Program. The registry is a flat-fee based program, intended neither to impose any taxation on the business community nor to collect any fees other than necessary to cover the administration costs of the program.

Escondido 760-839-4659
All businesses operating in the City of Escondido are required to have a business license, including businesses that operate from home.

Imperial Beach 619-628-1423
Requires a City Business Tax Certificate.

La Mesa 619-667-1118
Maintaining your business license: Per City of La Mesa Municipal Code 6.04.050, it is the owner's responsibility to maintain the business license account at all times. The license is valid for 12 month increments and is due for renewal at the end of the 12 months.

Lemon Grove 619-825-3800

All persons operating or doing business within the city limits of Lemon Grove are required to have a business license per Municipal Code.

National City 619-336-4330
A Business License is required by anyone who wishes to transact or conduct business within the boundaries of National City.

Oceanside 760-435-3878

All businesses operating in the City of Oceanside (including home-based businesses) are required to have a business license.

Poway 858-668-4401
Every company/person doing business based in a commercial building in the City of Poway must obtain a business certificate.

San Diego 619-615-1500
All businesses operating in the City of San Diego are required to obtain a Business Tax Certificate. This includes home-based Businesses.

San Marcos 760-744-1050

Any person conducting business within the city must have a valid business license issued by the City of San Marcos.

Santee 619-258-4100
All businesses operating in the City of Santee are required to have a business license.

Solana Beach 858-720-2441

All businesses with a physical address or doing business in Solana Beach are required to obtain a business license certificate issued by the City of Solana Beach.

Vista 760-639-6174
Anyone doing business in the City of Vista must have a business license.

The County of San Diego Requires:
Registration of a Fictitious Business Name

Licensing for Health Permit & Food Handler’s License