Business License

The Business License Division handles compliance with the City’s business license and permits regulations. It coordinates, reviews and processes applications for business activity permits with other City departments. The central cashier serves as a payment processing center for utility user tax, transient occupancy tax and other permits and fees.

If you are planning to conduct business in the City of El Monte you must obtain a business license.

Who is Required to Have a License

All contractors, consultants, and sub-contractors are required to obtain a business license; and, may be required to obtain additional permits. Businesses that aren't physically located within the city limits may also be required to obtain a City of El Monte business license.

A business license is also required for rental property owners (5+ units) and several other types of activities, including special events.

If you are starting a new business, you may be required to record a Fictitious Business Name and/or obtain a Seller’s Permit.

Multiple Departments

Depending on the type of business you conduct, you may be required to interact with more than one City department to acquire a business license. For example, your business facility may require City water services, zoning, environmental or building code approval, or the services you provide may require special permit. 

Notice of Sb 1186-Mandated Fee

On September 19, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1186 ("SB 1186 inches) which requires California cities and counties to collect a State mandated fee of $1 from "any applicant for a local business license or equivalent instrument or permit, and from any applicant for the renewal of a business license or equivalent instrument  and permit" beginning January 1, 2013. View more details Notice of SB 1886-Mandated Fee (PDF).

Additional Information

For detailed information on the City's business tax, licenses and regulations, please review the City's Municipal Code. Cannabis related business may find additional information here.