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Business Tax Certificate
(License) Support
Telephone Hours
M-F: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
(877) 779-7222

Mailing Address
City of Santa Barbara, CA
c/o Avenu Insights & Analytics
373 East Shaw Avenue, Box 367
Fresno, CA 93710

Public Counter
City Hall, Accounts Receivable
735 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Public Counter Hours
M-Th: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Alt. Fri: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Public Counter
Telephone Hours
(805) 564-5346
M-Th: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Alt. Fri: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm


Business Tax Certificate Information


ALL BUSINESS TAX CERTIFICATES (BUSINESS LICENSES) EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31, AND ARE DELINQUENT IF PAID ON OR AFTER FEBRUARY 1 every year. Business tax certificates should be renewed online. If you have not received a renewal notice from Avenu Insights & Analytics, please renew online or contact Avenu for assistance. Unfortunately, business tax certificate applications and payments are no longer accepted at the City Hall public counter.

Apply OR Renew OnlineONLINE FILING VIDEO GUIDEonline filing guide

Welcome to the City of Santa Barbara! The Business Tax Certificate 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. The purpose of a Business Tax Certificate (often referred to as a "business license") is solely to raise revenue for general municipal services to residents and businesses; it is not a "license" or "permit."

Santa Barbara Municipal Code provides for the City to levy and collect business taxes, business improvement district assessments, and fees for other regulatory permits. We are pleased you are considering participation in the Santa Barbara business community and wish you much success. The Accounts Receivable office in the Treasury Division 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.

The City of Santa Barbara transitioned on January 1, 2023 to a CALENDAR-YEAR renewal basis. Business Tax Certificates expire December 31 each year. All businesses have until January 31 to renew their business tax certificate without late fees, as required by Santa Barbara Municipal Code Title 5 Business Taxes and Permits, Chapter 5.04.170.

For business tax certificate application and Tax Fee Schedule visit: 

For business tax certificate renewal notice information, contact:
(877) 779-7222

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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.