Business License Instructions

Anyone doing business within the Temecula city limits is required to have a license; see Temecula Municipal Code Section 5.04.030, "Certificate Required."

Purpose of a Business License

The purpose of Temecula's business licensing service is to provide a registry of businesses in the incorporated area. It is also intended to protect the interests of legitimate businesses in the City from unfair competition with businesses operating in violation of federal, state, and local laws. This program is not intended to impose any form of taxation on the business community nor to collect in fees more money than is necessary to recover the administrative costs of processing an application for the issuance or renewal of a business certificate.

License Fee & Renewals

  • The annual business license fee is $35 for registration and $1 for State fee.
  • All Business Licenses expire on January 31, and it is the business owner's responsibility to renew the license.
  • All business license renewals received after January 31 will be assessed a $15 late penalty fee.
  • Any business license renewals received after March 1 will be assessed a $35 late penalty fee.

Steps to Obtaining a Business License

Step 1

  • Read through Resources to Open a Business to determine what type of permits are needed for your business.
  • Contact any agencies required for your business before filling out the business license application (i.e., State Board of Equalization for your Sellers Permit, Health Department if handling food, City of Temecula Planning Department if business is run out of home, Alcoholic Beverage Control if selling alcohol, etc.).
  • Solicitors will need to apply for the City's business license, and then contact the Temecula Police Department at 951-506-1408 to apply for a solicitor's license.

Step 2

Download the Business License Application (PDF). This is a PDF document, so you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to access the Business License application. If it is not already installed on your computer, make sure you download the Reader before you try downloading any PDFs.

Step 3

  • Fill out the application.
  • Sign and turn in to Temecula City Hall with the $36 Business License Registration fee. This may be done by mail or by coming in to City Hall.
  • If submitting via mail, email, or fax, please include a copy of the applicant's picture identification.
  • If applicant is sending an authorized agent to submit their application, please provide them with a notarized letter authorizing them to do so.
  • Non-profit organizations, please submit your 501c3 or proof of non-profit status, this will exempt you from the $35 registration fee, so you would only pay the $1 state fee.
  • If you are operating a business from your home it is recommended that you come to City Hall as your application will have to go through the Planning Department.

Step 4

If you are opening a business in Temecula, please fill out the Statement of Operations Form (PDF) and:
  • If you are operating a business from a commercial address located in the City of Temecula, a Certificate of Occupancy (PDF) is required if your Commercial Business is new, relocating, changing ownership or business name resulting in a change of tenancy and are proposing no tenant improvements. Please see the Certificate of Occupancy page for additional information.
    • If doing tenant improvements, demolition, or other construction to the location, please contact the Building and Safety Department for your permit(s).
  • If you are opening a business from your Temecula residence, please fill out the Home Occupation Form (PDF) as this registration is required. Please submit the Home Occupation Form with your business license application in person at City Hall. This is a one-time $20 fee for this permit.