Business License Application Forms
Business license applications are provided below and they are also available for pick up at the Community Development Department, located in City Hall, Room 101, 1700 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Thursday and between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Fridays.
There are four different types of business license application forms. Select the appropriate license application form from the list provided below that most accurately describes the type of business you are planning to open.
If your business falls under any of the categories listed below and you intend to pay the business license fee with MasterCard or Discover card, you can either mail in your completed application form and payment OR you can fax the completed application form to (310) 217-9698. Be sure to complete all sections on the form.
Please note when paying by credit/debit card: Beginning November 1, 2016, per Resolution No. 5097, which allows the City to assess a “service fee” to recover costs associated with Credit Card, Debit Card and Electronic Fund Transfer payments, the City of Gardena has implemented a two-tiered fee for those individuals who choose to use credit cards as a form of payment.
The service fee will be assessed in the following manner:
- Transactions from $0.01 to $200.00 will be assessed a flat service fee of $2.75
- Transactions from $200.01 and up will be assessed 2.4% of the total charges
The service fee is non-refundable, regardless if the payment to which it relates is cancelled, refunded, credited or charged back.
If you would like to verify receipt of your payment, you may do so by calling (310) 217-9518 or (310) 217-6168 and speak to a Business License staff member.
A business license certificate will be mailed to the address indicated on your application form approximately three weeks from the receipt of your payment. If your business does not fall into one of the categories listed below, then you will need to visit the Community Development Department IN PERSON to process your application and receive a zoning clearance.
- Any Business located OUTSIDE the city
- Contractor located OUTSIDE the city
- Residential Rental Property WITHIN the city
- Non-Residential Rental Property WITHIN the city
If you have specific questions on how to obtain a business license call the Permits and Licenses Office at (310) 217-9518 or (310) 217-6168, email at email@example.com or stop by the Office to speak with a Business License staff member.
Business License Fees and Renewal
Business license taxes are set by City ordinance and are calculated either as a “flat rate” or on “gross revenues” depending on the type of business operation. To view a listing of business license fees, click here. Business licenses expire on December 31st of each year and must be renewed annually to continue business operations in the city. Late fees will apply upon failure to renew the license within 30 days after the annual expiration date for businesses that have a flat fee rate and by February 28 for businesses that have fees based on gross revenues.
If you have received a RENEWAL NOTICE for your business license and intend to pay with a credit card, you can either renew On-Line or pay your license renewal fee in person at City Hall, Room 104, 1700 W. 162nd in Gardena. The business hours for City Hall is Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.on Fridays. Be sure to complete all sections of the form and make any corrections needed to update the information. Changes to the following: Business Name, Owner/Partner or Corporate Name, Business Location in Gardena may require additional paperwork to be submitted. Please contact Licensing and Permitting at (310)217-9518 if you have any questions.
A business license certificate will be mailed to the address indicated on your renewal form approximately three weeks from the receipt of your payment. If you want to verify the receipt of your payment, you may do so by calling (310)217-9518
- Click here to renew your business license on-line.
Business License On-Line Renewals
For your convenience, the City of Gardena offers residents and businesses the option to renew their business license via the Internet. All you need to access this service is your business license account number and security code. This information is pre-printed on your business license renewal notice in the upper right hand corner. NOTE: If you do not have the original letter mailed out with your security code and account number, please contact the City of Gardena to obtain a reprint of your renewal notice.
Renewal notices are mailed out the first week of January of every year. If you do not receive your notice, please call the City of Gardena Revenue & Collections Office at (310) 217-9518.