Arcadia, CA 91007
Tel: (626) 574-5415
Assistant City Manager/ Development Services Director
Hours of Operation
7:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
Friday (Closed alternate Fridays)
7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Welcome to the City of Arcadia. The City is an ideal place to conduct business because of its exciting market opportunities and diverse, affluent community. Every business that operates within the City of Arcadia must obtain a business license and comply with all provisions of the Arcadia Municipal Code. Only businesses specifically exempted by State or Federal statute are not required to obtain a Business License. See below for more information and instructions on how to obtain a business license.
How to Obtain a Business License
- Online: Select the above icon to apply for a business license online.
- Download: Business License Application and a Business License City Review and Approval Application for businesses located with the City's limits, and return in person or through the mail.
- In person: Application forms may be obtained from:
Business License Office
Arcadia City Hall
240 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
- By Mail: You can request a business license application by writing to:
Business License Office
Post Office Box 60021
Arcadia, CA 91066-6021
All portions of the license application pertaining to your business should be completed. It is important to state whether your business is owned solely by you, or whether it is a partnership, corporation or other form of ownership.
In addition to an application for a business license, all businesses located within the City of Arcadia (except those having a Home Occupation Permit) are required to have the approval of the Planning Services Division for the proposed business location and must complete and submit the Business License City Review and Approval application along with a Business License application.
Operating a home based business is permitted in the City as long as certain standards are met. Visit the Home Occupation Permit page for more information.
Most businesses are required to pay a business license tax/fee. The business license/tax fee is a flat rate and varies depending on the business type. A business license is valid for 12 months commencing on the first day of the month during which the license is issued and terminating on the last day of the twelfth month. Licenses applied for after starting a business are subject to a late payment processing charge. Select the above icon for a list of fees.
Business licenses expire 12 months after payment. There is a 30 day grace period following the expiration date in which you can renew your license without a penalty. If you pay 31-60 days after the expiration you will be charged a 20% penalty; if you pay 61-90 days after expiration you will be charged a 60% penalty; and if you are 91 days or more late you will be charged a 100% penalty.
As a courtesy, business license renewal applications are mailed to each registered business in the City approximately one month prior to expiration. However, there is no obligation for the City to advise you that your license must be renewed. It is the responsibility of each business to keep its business license current. If you do not receive a renewal application, contact the Business License Office at (626) 574-5430.
All business license certificates must be displayed on the premises. For businesses not having a fixed address within the City, (i.e., contractor, gardeners, etc.) the business license must be in possession of the business operator while engaging in business in the City and must be made available upon request by any police officer or City staff.
Sample Business License Certificate
If you no longer operate your business in the City or your business has closed, please advise the Business License Office immediately. Failure to inform the Business License Office will result in your business license to remain active and accumulate annual fees and penalties. You may close your business license online.
If your business intends to relocate within the City, complete the Business License City Review and Approval application and indicate on the form that this is for a change of address. There is a $35 fee for this transaction.
Business licenses are not transferrable; therefore, if there is a change of ownership, you must terminate your business license and have the new business owner apply for a new business license.
Select the icon above to access a list of new businesses that have obtained a City of Arcadia Business License. You must "log in" in order to access the list. A password is not required.
For additional information and/or questions please call the Business License Division at (626) 574-5430 or email: BL@ArcadiaCA.gov