The Community Development Department has information on business incentive programs, starting a business, and Chamber of Commerce information. Working in cooperation with the private real estate community, the City also assists businesses wishing to locate or expand by identifying possible locations and offering incentives.

Unsure where to start? Click here for an informative handout on how to get your business started in Los Alamitos.

How to Obtain a General Business License

Every business located in the City of Los Alamitos and every business doing work in our City, is required by the Los Alamitos Municipal Code to submit a Zoning Permit Application and Business License/Tax Application to the Community Development Department. Once approved, a Business License Certificate will be issued and must be displayed at the location.

You may obtain a City Zoning Permit and Business License Application at City Hall, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and alternate Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by downloading them from this page.

The first step in obtaining a business license is to submit  Zoning Permit and City Business License applications. These applications must be completed with all the necessary information, signed, and dated. A specific description of your business must be filled in and, if necessary, you may attach additional sheets if space on the line provided is not sufficient. You may bring the applications to City Hall, fax them to (562) 493-0678, or mail them to City Hall. Submitting an application DOES NOT constitute a business license with the City.

City officials will review the completed applications. You will be contacted after final approval is received.

After approval, a fee will be charged based on the type of proposed business. Fee Schedule information is available on this website by clicking the Fee Schedule link below. Payment can be made by mailing a check, coming in to City Hall with payment, or providing credit card information over the phone.

After the application is completed, approved, and payment has been made, a City official will then issue an account/license number.  Congratulations, you now have an official business in the City of Los Alamitos!

An original City of Los Alamitos Business License Certificate will be mailed within two weeks of initial date of payment. Remember to keep this Certificate on the business premises in plain view.

SB-1186

On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a state fee of $1 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

  • The Division of the State and Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx
  • The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov
  • The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov

Business License Forms

Business License Tax Information
Business Licenses Tax Summary
General Business License Applications

Change of Owner Form

Home Occupation Business License Form
(To be completed with City Business License Form)

Out of City Business License Form

The Community Development Department is available to answer your licensing questions and guide you in the right direction. For questions and additional information, feel free to drop by City Hall at 3191 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos or call (562) 431-3538, ext 200.

This information does not include Massage Therapy, Day Care, Bingo, Mobile Detailing and Non-Profit/Exemption Organizations. Information pertaining to such business is available by contacting the Community Development Department at extension 301 or 303.