A business license is required if you want to do business in the City. This web page contains links to the sections of Chapter 19 of the Monterey City Code that govern the issuance of business licenses in the City, including the current business license tax rates. All business licenses expire on June 30th and must be renewed by August 15th to avoid late penalties.

Please be advised that the City's Business License Tax Code has been updated. In November 2016, the voters approved to update and simplify the tax structure effective April 1, 2017. Fact Sheet - Business License Ballot Measure

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.

Business License FAQs

Lauren Lai, CPA
Finance Director

Carol Bouchard, CGFM
Assistant Finance Director

Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

(831) 646-3940

Accounts Payable
(831) 646-3943

(831) 646-3942

Revenue – Accounts Receivable, Pet Licenses, Business Licenses
(831) 646-3944

Finance Department
735 Pacific Street, Suite A
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax: (831) 655-0562

Business License Tax Calculator

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

  1. Select one of the following business license sections – refer to your business license renewal form (also referred to as the Affidavit of Gross Receipts) to determine which license section is applicable for your business:

  2. Select one or none of the following promotion districts, as appropriate – refer to your business license renewal form or contact the Revenue Office if you are not sure whether your business is located within a promotion district:

  3. What are the annual gross receipts for your business, (exclusive of liquor sales and sales tax)?

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