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?

Yes, as long as you 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?

Yes, by using our new on-line portal.  Visit http://ols.escondido.org and follow the instructions.

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

Yes, you can pay business license fees on line by using our new on-line portal. Visit http://ols.escondido.org
The City of Escondido does not accept business license payments by telephone.