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Business Licenses

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. Short-term vacation rental operators need a business licenses and a short-term vacation rental permit.

Call the business license office at 760-602-2495 for additional information.

Apply for a Business License

Please review the city's business license FAQ, required information for business licensesreal estate sign information (for realtors) and tips prior to applying for a business license.

Renew Business License Online

Request Account Changes

Search for Existing Businesses

  • Search for businesses that have a license in the City of Carlsbad. (When you get to the page, go to Business License Search.)