Business Licenses

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You can download details about business licenses here, and you can apply for or renew a business license online here.

You can also print an application here and bring the paperwork to City Hall or mail it to: City of Costa Mesa, Treasury Management Division, P.O. Box 1200, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-1200.

If you are applying for a home-based business license in Costa Mesa, you will also need a Home Occupation Permit. You can download the Home Occupation Permit application here.

To make changes to an existing business license or for any business license inquiry, please contact us at (714) 754-5235 or email at




State Mandated Fee:

*On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a state fee on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified. As of January 1, 2018, AB 1379 increases this fee to $4.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies: