Business Licenses

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Business License Tax Information

Title 5 of the City of El Cajon Municipal Code requires all businesses conducting business within the City limits to obtain a business license and pay the business license tax. This includes those who work out of their home, and businesses from outside the City of El Cajon that perform services and/or sales at the customer's place of business or residence in El Cajon.

Business License Application and Renewal

The most convenient and fastest way to apply for a new business license or renew your current business license is using the online filing method. To begin, simply click on the link below to access online business license.

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The business license application form and other related instructions can also be downloaded by clicking the link on the Quick Links below. The application paper form can be filled out online, printed for signature, and submitted for processing to the Finance Department, located at the El Cajon City Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon, CA, 92020.

For businesses with a location inside the City limits, the Community Development Department will review the application to ensure that the proposed business location is in an approved zone for the business use.  In addition, businesses conducted within a residential dwelling (Home Occupation) must complete the Home Occupation Permit Information and Application.  

Business licenses expire on December 31 and courtesy renewal notices are mailed mid-November of each year. The business license renewal process usually takes four to six weeks in the months of December, January and February. However, it may take longer if the business location and/or description of business has changed.

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Disability Access Requirements (AB 3002)

In accordance with California Government Code 4469.5, the City is required to provide notice to business owners regarding disability access requirements and resources. To read the full notice, click on the link below:

Special Operation and Other Licenses

In addition to a business license, a special operation license is required of those businesses and activities enumerated in City of El Cajon Municipal Code Section 5.16.030. Regulation by the City is necessary for the described businesses in order to adequately protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the community.  Additional forms and fees are required for special operations and other licenses. Please contact our office for further instructions.

Business License Lists

Monthly business license listings are available in the following links:

You can also search for a business license by going to the Online Business License and clicking on Business Search.



City of El Cajon
Business License Division
200 Civic Center Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 441-1668

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