Escondido City HallAll businesses operating in the City of Escondido are required to have a business license, including businesses that operate from home. The City of Escondido provides a one-stop shop for obtaining your license.

Business License Application

The Business License Application is now available online. Downloaded forms can be filled in, saved, and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

NOTE: Renewing your business license online is not available at this time. If you do not receive your renewal by mail, please contact the Business License Division at 760-839-4659.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Business License?

All businesses in the City of Escondido are required to obtain a business license. Please contact the Business License Division at 760-839-4659 for information on how to obtain one.

Is a permit required for signage at my business?

Signage in the City of Escondido requires an application and review by the Planning Division. Please contact the Planning Division at 760-839-4671.

Can I put signs in the windows of my business?

The amount of sign coverage allowed depends on the zoning of your property. Please contact the Planning Division at 760-839-4671.

Our business is planning a special event. Do I need a permit?

The Planning Division may require a Special Event Permit. Please contact them at 760-839-4671.

Do I need a permit or business license to have a garage/yard sale?

Garage/yard sales do not require a permit or business license. Garage/yard sales may take place four (4) times a year and may last up to three (3) consecutive days. The sale may take place between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Garage/yard sales are permitted only at single-family residences including mobile home lots. DIVISION 7. GARAGE AND YARD SALES 

Can I sell merchandise in public places?

No, sales of merchandise must be from a fixed commercial business location.  That business location must have a valid City of Escondido business license.

How do I determine business license fees?

Business license fees are based on the annual gross receipts as reported on Federal Income Tax Form Schedule “C”.  Businesses located in Escondido are required to report all annual gross receipts earned by the business.

My business is outside the City of Escondido, but I regularly conduct business in Escondido. Am I required to have a business license?

Yes, all outside businesses conducting business in the City of Escondido are required to have a business license.

How do I determine business license fees for my outside business?

Outside businesses are only required to report annual gross receipts earned in the City of Escondido.

Can I submit my business license application on-line?

No, business license applications can be submitted either by U.S. Mail or in person at the Business License Section front counter in City Hall, 201 N Broadway, Escondido 92025.

Can I pay my business license fees on-line or by telephone?

No, a check for license fees can be mailed along with your application to the Business License Section, or you can pay by check or credit card in person at the Business License front counter in City Hall.

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