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.
Important Update Regarding Business Licenses
As required by Santa Barbara Municipal Code Title 5 Business Taxes and Permits, Chapter 5.04, the City of Santa Barbara will be transitioning to a CALENDAR-YEAR based business license tax program. This change will begin with the 2023 license tax year, beginning on January 1, 2023.
Business Tax Certificates will expire December 31 of each year. All businesses have until January 31 to renew their business license tax certificate without late fees.
For business license tax application and Tax Fee Schedule visit:
For business license tax renewal notice information, contact:
If you prefer to mail in your new business license tax application or renewal, please mail it with payment to the mailing address on the sidebar. Make checks payable to: Tax Trust Account