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Click here to apply for a business license online.

If you prefer to submit a paper application, please download the application and mail to P.O. Box 1200 Costa Mesa CA 92628-1200 or drop off at a clearly marked drop box at City Hall located at 77 Fair Drive.  Staff will process applications and renewals on a first come, first served basis.  Typically, the process takes about ten (10) business days. However, processing times may vary depending on developments that may arise beyond the control of the City.  Please be sure to provide your contact email and phone number so staff may reach out to keep you updated.


Click here to renew a business license online.  Online renewals will be processed in a timely manner.

If you currently receive your renewal by paper, you may change your account to paperless renewal.  Please contact the business license desk at 714-754-5235 or email us at

Pay Outstanding Balance

Click here to pay an outstanding balance. Online payments will be processed in a timely manner.

Close a License

Click here to close a business license.

Processing Fees

As approved by the City Council, Finance will assess Business License processing fees as shown below: 

 Changes and amendment - existing accounts  $25
 Reactivations  $35
 Reprint fee  $10

Assembly Bill 3002

Assembly Bill 3002, which provides information regarding disability access requirements and resources to business owners, went into effect on January 1, 2019. For more information, please visit:

HdL Review Letters 

The City of Costa Mesa has contracted with HdL Companies to conduct a review of the businesses that are operating in the City.  To operate any business within the City of Costa Mesa, you must first obtain a business license. The purpose of the review is to make certain that all businesses operating in the City have a current business license as required by the City’s Municipal Code.  If you received a letter with an application from HdL Companies, we ask that you extend your cooperation to their staff during the review process. You may contact the HdL Business Support at (714) 627-5611 or by email at

If you have a current Costa Mesa business license or believe the HdL notice is an error, please contact HdL Business Support. We appreciate your cooperation.


Frequently Asked Questions may be found here, If you have any questions, please free to contact us via email at or 714-754-5235 or 714-754-5240.