Business Licenses


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. 

New Businesses & Application Forms

Fixed Location Application
Used for brick and mortar storefronts, restaurants, commercial properties, hotels and transient rentals

Fixed Location Business License Application

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
Used for home offices and in-home art instruction.

Home Business License Application

In-and-About Businesses
Used if you are doing business in the city but your business is not located in the city limits.

In-And-About Business License Application

In-And-About Business License Reactivate

Additional Resources and Forms

Commercial Sign Information
Use Permit Application Requirements
General Planning Application(Used to apply for Conditional Use Permits or Business Sign
ADA Resource Notice

Business License Renewals

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea will be mailing out FY 2024-2025 Business License renewal worksheets the last week of June 2024. The license renewal fee is $21.00 and renewals are due no later than July 31, 2024. 

The renewal tax is $1.00 per $1,000 of GROSS revenues for the period July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.

When you are completing your business license renewal form please be sure to do the following: 

  • review your contact information and make any changes on the form
  • sign the worksheet
  • return the Business License Worksheet with your payment.

If you have any questions or do not receive your renewal notice please contact City Hall at 831-620-2000 or

In-And-About Business License Reactivate

For questions regarding Business License Renewals, please contact:

Anna Aubuchon
Finance Specialist
(831) 620-2039

Submitting Your Business License Application

Completed Business License Applications may be submitted in person at City Hall.  The City also accepts business licenses via email, online submission, and USPS. 

Fixed Locations & Home Occupation Business Licenses Only:

Online Applications:

Electronic applications for Fixed Location or Home Business licenses ONLY can be submitted through the following link:

At City Hall:

New fixed location business licenses can be submitted at the Community Planning and Building Department counter (second window). 

Via Email:

Via USPS: 

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

The Application Fee for a new fixed location business license is $343 or $146 for a new Home Occupation License.  The application fees may be paid over the phone with a credit card (additional 3.5% bank fee applies) or by mailing a check to the address above. The fees may also be paid in person at City Hall.

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

At City Hall:

New In-and-About Licenses and Business License Renewals can be submitted at the Administrative Services counter (first window). 

Via USPS: 

City of Carmel
c/o Anna Aubuchon
Carmel, CA 93921

The Application Fee for the In-and-About License is $26.  Please include a check made out to “City of Carmel” when mailing the application to the address above. If paying by a credit card in person, an additional 3.5% bank fee will apply.

Contact Us

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

Evan Kort
Associated Planner
(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
(831) 620-2039