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. 

 

New Businesses & Application Forms

Fixed Location

New Businesses, Ownership Changes, Location Changes, Name Changes

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

Home Occupation Business License Application

In and About Businesses

In and About Business License Application

In and About Reactivation Application

Additional Resources and Forms

Commercial Sign Information
Use Permit Application Requirements
General Planning Application (Used to apply for a Conditional Use Permits or Business Sign)

Business License Renewals

2021 Business License Renewal Worksheet

For questions regarding Business License Renewals, please contact:

Anna Aubuchon
Finance Specialist
aaubuchon@ci.carmel.ca.us
(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 and USPS. 

Fixed Locations & Home Occupation Business Licenses Only:

At City Hall:

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

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. 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
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. If paying by a credit card in person, an additional 2.5% bank fee will apply.

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