Business Licenses

A comprehensive update to the City of Imperial Beach Master Fee Schedule is effective March 1, 2024 as approved by the City CouncilThis change will impact the cost of fees charged for services provided by various City departments such as permits, business licenses, fire inspections, safety and building inspections, or planning fees. Adjusting our fees to reflect inflationary pressures on City costs was necessary as most of our existing fees have been in effect without change since 2005.

The Self Service Portal will be closed for maintenance on Friday, March 1, 2024.

Permitting and Licensing fees will increase per the new City of Imperial Beach Master Fee Schedule when the site becomes available again. Thank you for understanding. 

For further questions please contact Community Development ( / 619-213-1626) or Business Licensing ( / 619-628-1423).

Imperial Beach is a business-friendly community! 
Staff is here to help new business owners and encourage new businesses within the city.
Are you considering opening a new business in Imperial Beach? 
You may find useful our Guide for New Business Owners (pdf).
You can also review the list of Contacts and Resources (pdf).

Apply for a New Business License

We have transitioned to a new online system. Please review these Business License Instructions (PDF) before applying.
Apply for a new Business License through our Self Service System.

Pay/Renew an Existing Business License

Know your invoice number? Pay here.
Do not know your invoice number? Login into your account and renew here.


It is unlawful for any person, or for any person as agent, clerk, or employee, either for himself or for any other person, within the corporate limits of the City, to transact, engage in or carry on any business, show, exhibition or game specified in this chapter without first having procured a license as required.

General Terms of Owning a Business License

  • Changes in ownership, business location, or change of use/business type require the completion of a new application.
  • Business licenses are nontransferable.
  • Business license taxes vary by type of business, location, and the number of employees. Please see the fee schedule (link below) for more information.
  •  All business license taxes must be paid in order to be issued. Fees can be paid by mailed check or online via credit card or e-check (processing fees apply).
  • Business licenses are not legal until all applicable city departments have approved the application and the business license is posted at the business location.
  •  All existing businesses are emailed renewal notices 30 days before they are set to expire.
  • To avoid late penalties, renewals must be paid by the 13th day after they expire.
  • All rental properties are required to be licensed.

See Business License Fee Schedule - prior to March 1, 2024 here (PDF)
See Master Fee Schedule - prior to March 1, 2024 here (PDF)

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