BUSINESS LICENSE GENERAL INFORMATION
Pursuant to the County of Los Angeles (County) Code, any business, located in the unincorporated area of the County or in the cities of Malibu, Santa Clarita, or Westlake Village, that conducts a business activity that may have an impact on the health, welfare or safety of the public must hold a County Business License to conduct that activity. Some businesses may require more than one County Business License.
The Business License Program (BLP) is regulatory in nature; it is not a tax calculated on the gross receipts of a business. The Treasurer and Tax Collector (TTC) administers the BLP. The fees charged for a County Business License are developed to recover the actual costs of administering and enforcing the BLP.
All Business License applications require the applicant to pay a non-refundable application fee. Some Business Licenses are granted upon payment of the fee, while others may require the approval of other County agencies (e.g., the Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, Department of Health Services, and/or Department of Regional Planning) or a hearing before the Business License Commission.
The TTC licenses approximately 8,000 businesses across 110 business activities. If your business activity is not among the 110 business activities licensed through the BLP, and the location of your business is the unincorporated area of the County or in the cities of Malibu, Santa Clarita or Westlake Village, you do not need a County Business License.