Business Licenses

Overview

Business License Applications

Small businesses are essential to our City’s economy. The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is here to make sure you have everything you need to succeed. Explore our content and resources to help you manage and do business in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The City is still accepting Business License Applications throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea will be mailing out FY 2020-2021 Business License Renewal Worksheets the week of June 22, 2020.

New Businesses & Application Forms

Fixed Location

New Businesses, Ownership Changes, Location Changes, Name Changes

Fixed Location Business License Application
Commercial Sign Information
Use Permit Application Requirements
General Planning Application (Conditional Use Permits & Business Signs)

Prior to submitting a Business License Application for a new business or a location change of an existing business, please contact the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) to ensure there is adequate water available on the site for the proposed use.  Verification of water availability may be required. MPWMD can be reached (831) 658-5601.

Home Occupations

Home Occupation Business License Application

In and About Businesses

In and About Business License Application

Delivery Business License Application

In and About Reactivation Application

Business License Renewals

2020 BL Renewal Worksheet

PLEASE NOTE that due to the closure of City Hall we are asking that you mail your completed worksheet along with a check (made payable to, City of Carmel) to the following address:

City of Carmel
Attn: Business License Renewal
P.O. Box CC
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

For questions regarding Business License Renewals, please contact:

Anna Aubuchon
Finance Specialist
aaubuchon@ci.carmel.ca.us
(831) 620-2039

Application Submittal

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, staff is unable to accept applications in person at City Hall. Please submit the completed business license application as described below:

Fixed Locations & Home Occupation Business Licenses Only:

Via Email: 

planning@ci.carmel.ca.us

Via USPS: 

City of Carmel
c/o Community Planning and Building
PO Box CC
Carmel, CA 93921

The Application Fee for a new fixed location business license is $314 or $134 for a new Home Occupation License.  The application fees may be paid over the phone with a credit card (additional 2.5% bank fee applies) or by mailing a check to the address above.

In and About, Delivery Business Licenses, and Renewals Only:

Via USPS: 

City of Carmel
c/o Anna Aubuchon
PO Box CC
Carmel, CA 93921

The Application Fee for the In-and-About License is $24.  Please include a check made out to “City of Carmel” when mailing the application to the address above.

Contact Us

For questions regarding applying for a Fixed Location or Home Occupation Business Licenses, please contact:

Evan Kort
Associate Planner
ekort@ci.carmel.ca.us
(831) 620-2023

For questions regarding applying for an In and About Business License Applications, or questions regarding Business License Renewals, please contact:

Anna Aubuchon
Finance Specialist
aaubuchon@ci.carmel.ca.us
(831) 620-2039