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Contact Info

(805) 564-5346 Tel.
(805) 897-1978 Fax

Telephone Business Hours
M-Th: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Alt. Fri: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Public Counter Hours
M-Th: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Alt. Fri: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Billing / Cashier
City Hall, Business Office
735 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Mailing Address
Business Licensing
City of Santa Barbara
P.O. Box 1990
Santa Barbara, CA 93102


Business Licenses


Welcome to the City of Santa Barbara! We are pleased you are considering participation in the Santa Barbara business community and wish you much success. The Business License program benefits the well-being of the overall community by funding essential services, such as: fire, police, economic development, sidewalks, streets, and parks and beach maintenance.

Santa Barbara Municipal Code provides for the City to levy and collect business license taxes, business improvement district assessments, and fees for other regulatory permits. The Business License office is responsible for the administration of this program, which includes ensuring that businesses operating in the City are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.

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Note:  The material in this site is intended for general informational purposes only. While it is current at the time of publication, changes to the Santa Barbara Municipal Code (SBMC) or state law may invalidate some of the information. In the event of a conflict between this site and the SBMC, the SBMC prevails.