Business License

Starting a business in Monterey Park is a simple two-step process:
(1) Submit and complete a Zoning Clearance Application for New Businesses online.
(2) Submit and complete a Business License Application online.

Failure to comply with any City regulation violates the Monterey Park City Code, which may result in adverse action, including, without limitation, fines and penalties. All persons seeking to start a new business in the City of Monterey Park are strongly encouraged to speak with the Planning Department before beginning any new operations, including signing lease agreements.  For more information, please refer to "Starting a Business in Monterey Park."

For businesses based in other cities that enter Monterey Park as part of their work, such as contractors and delivery companies, only a business license is required. Doing business in the City, even temporarily, is defined as being in or entering the City to conduct business and requires a business license.

If you have already submitted a Zoning Clearance Application, you may apply for a Business License by simply clicking the link below.

Apply for a Zoning Clearance for New Businesses (required).
Start here if you are a new business.

Apply for a New Business License (required).

Start here if you are applying for a business license for the first time.

Renew a Business License

Start here to renew your current business license for another year.


Start here to pay a balance due on an established account with the City. Please do not use this option to renew your license.


Close a business license if you plan to discontinue operating a business in Monterey Park.


Search for a business that is licensed with the City of Monterey Park.


Request account information update.


Report a problem.

If you need further assistance, please contact us at or by phone at (626) 307-1385 from Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PST).