Business License

All businesses located within city limits, whether in a home or business location are required to apply for a Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit. For more information on the Certificate of Occupancy and Home Occupation Permit, click here.

NEW LICENSES (626-570-5021)

  • All businesses and contractors, including rental property owners, operating in the City of Alhambra need a Business License (submitted to Finance Dept.) and a Certificate of Occupancy Permit or Home Occupation Permit (submitted to the Development Services Department-Economic Development Division).
  • Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed and assigned a license number.  
  • The Business License Tax Certificate is issued after all approvals are made (including Occupancy Permit).  


  • Most business licenses are issued annually, to be renewed each year within 30 days of expiration to avoid penalties and interest charges.
  • Renewal is through the Finance Department (First floor of City Hall), 111 South First Street, Alhambra, CA 91801.  


  • The name of the business or individual
  • The physical address/mailing address of the business
  • Residential and commercial rentals need to list the locations and unit numbers
  • Contact names and phone numbers
  • Description of the type of business to be conducted
  • Tax identification number (Social Security or Federal ID number)
  • Type of business (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation)
  • Partnerships must list at least two names with information and signatures of all parties
  • Corporations should list major officers
  • Contractors must list the state license number and class
  • Estimation of gross receipts for the first year of business 

You are now ready to start your business!

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New Century BMW dealership: Many of the Main Street Auto Row dealerships were given financial incentives to locate and/or expand, leading to approximately $3.3 million annually in sales tax revenue to the City.

Howard Street Town homes Affordable Housing Project

Main Street - Northwest Corner of First & Main

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