The State of California permits cities to register businesses for both revenue and regulation [Government Code Section 37101(a)]. Municipalities, and some counties, register businesses for revenue to broaden the tax base because businesses use, or cause to be used, more municipal services than a residence. The Government Code [Section 16240] also provides for penalties for anyone who carries on a business or profession without procuring a proper tax certificate.
When the business tax is paid, a business registration tax certificate is issued. This is commonly referred to as a business license; the terms "business license", "business tax certificate", “business tax registration” and "business registration" are used interchangeably.
If you have any questions concerning your registration or other requirements, our staff members will gladly assist you. Contact us at TaxInquiries@elsegundo.org
Renew or Print a Business Registration Tax Certificate
Once you have obtained a Business Registration Tax Certificate, a courtesy renewal will be e-mail in December. If you do not receive a renewal notice, please contact the Revenue Division at TaxIquiries@elsegundo.org. Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business owner of responsibility to renew the Business Registration.
Apply for New Business Registration Tax Certificate
Change in Ownership: Business Registration Tax Certificates are not transferable. A change requires a new Business Registration application.
Change in Business Name: If you change your business name you are required to contact the Revenue Division in writing. The letter shall include a brief explanation, account number, signature and the $6.00 Tax Certificate issuance fee.
Change in Location: If you change your business location within the City limits you are require to remit and updated Business Registration application. Please include the $6.00 Tax Certificate issuance fee.
Branch and Additional Locations: A separate Business Registration Tax Certificate is required for each branch establishment of separate place of business. Every person operating a business shall pay a single license fee for all branch locations or separate places of business within the City. In addition to the single license fee, such persons shall pay an additional location fee for each branch location or separate place of business within the City.
Termination of Business: If your business is terminated or no longer operating in the City, you are required to contact the Revenue Division in writing to close your Business Registration. The letter shall include a brief explanation, account number, and signature.