The City of Carlsbad requires all businesses within the limits of the city to have a valid license. Doing business in the city includes businesses based in other cities that enter Carlsbad as part of their work, such as contractors and delivery companies. It also includes businesses that are located in Carlsbad but may not have customers in Carlsbad. Even companies with a temporary presence require a business license.
Please review the city’s business license FAQ and required information for business licenses prior to applying for a business license.
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Before you sign a lease, make sure your type of business is allowed at the location and that you know what permits and fees might be required. The City of Carlsbad's development services manager is here to help by researching the allowed uses for different parts of town and any special permits, fees and requirements - all important information to know BEFORE committing to a space. This service is free and fast - just give us a call at 760-602-2721, or email Mike.Peterson@carlsbadca.gov.
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On and after January 1, 2013, and until December 31, 2018, an additional state fee of $1 will be charged on any applicant for a local business license or equivalent instrument or permit, or renewal thereof, for purposes to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws.
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:
The Division of the State Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx.
The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov.
The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov.
Please read and complete the instructions for a massage license.