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A business license is required if you do business in the City of Monterey. It is mandatory for all businesses to submit a business license application on or before starting to do business. Business license tax is not refundable or transferable.
All business licenses expire on June 30th and must be renewed by August 15th to avoid late penalties.
To renew your business license, click on the Renew My Business License link. For information and instructions click on the general renewal instructions link.
At the time the business license application is completed and the required tax paid, you will receive a receipt. The final business license will be mailed after all appropriate City Departments have reviewed and approved the application. You should not operate the business until all City requirements are met.
The City of Monterey Business Registration Search lists most businesses that hold or have held a City Business registration. The City is unable to guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the data. To facilitate quick responses, query results are limited to a maximum of 100.
Lauren Lai, CPA
Jordan Cupps, CPA
Assistant Finance Director
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Revenue – Accounts Receivable, Pet Licenses, Business Licenses
735 Pacific Street, Suite A
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax: (831) 655-0562
This calculator is used to compute the City of Monterey business license tax and promotion fee, if applicable. Please select the appropriate business license section, indicate whether the business is located in one of the City's promotion districts, and input the annual gross receipts. Select the Calculate button and the business license tax calculator will display the corresponding tax and promotion fee.
Business License Web Search
19-27 General Business
19-55 Rental of Property
Cannery Row 1- Businesses
Cannery Row 2- Professionals
Downtown (Old Monterey)
Depending on the type of business, the location, and whether alterations are planned for the building or property, other permits and fees may be required. To assure that you meet all City requirements, check with the Planning Office. Additional state and county requirements may apply to your business. Visit the Starting a Business Page for more information.