Renew Your Business License
All businesses tax certificates (business licenses) expire on June 30 of each year. All business licenses must be renewed before July 1 of each year. It is the business owner's responsibility to renew the business license each year, even if a renewal notice was not received. For a full copy of the Business License Tax ordinance click here: Chapter 4.155 - Business License Tax
Business Licenses can be renewed online unless your business type is listed below:
|These businesses can NOT renew online:|
|Tier 1 - Retail/Wholesale who is claiming an Apportionment||Tier 2 - Adult Performers|
|Tier 2 - Massage Establishment||Tier 2 - Rental Mobile Home|
|Tier 2 - Cannabis Delivery Service||Tier 3 - Itinerate Merchants|
If your business type is not on this list, then you may renew online.
Why did I receive a renewal notice after I renewed my license?
Business License renewal notices were generated on May 18, 2022; therefore, you will still receive a renewal notice if your license was renewed on or after this date.
Did I already renew my license? How do I check the status of my Business License?
To check the status of your license click here: (Note: Your business license status will update within 1-2 business days after renewing online. Renewal notices submitted by mail may take 3-6 weeks to process and update; however, mark your renewal as received on the date it was postmarked by the post office.)
Renew Online by logging into your e-file portal. Note: Additional documents may be requested online. Read the instructions below before logging into your portal to ensure you are prepared. For step-by-step instructions with images, click here: How to Renew Online Guide
To renew online you will need:
- Account # (business license #) and Security Code
- Gross receipts for 2021, or previous tax year
- A form of payment: Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, or e-check. For e-check payment you will need the routing # and bank account #
- Have a question about your renewal? The best way to reach our office during renewal season is to send an email to BL@cityofventura.ca.gov. Include your Account # (same as Business License #) in the subject line of all correspondence.
If your business is one of the following, you will need to upload additional documents with your online renewal:
- Tier 2 Massage Professionals - 1. Copy of CAMTC certificate; 2. CAMTC picture ID with current address (driver license). Click here for Massage Professionals Instructions
- Tier 2 Limited Exemption Massage - A business with ancillary massage services is Limited Exempt. A completed list of all massage professionals working at the establishment (employee list). Click here for Limited Exemption Massage Instructions and Employee List.
- Tier 4 Non Profit - 1. Articles of Incorporation, if changed in the last 5 years; and 2. Evidence of organization's non profit status (recent tax returns or federal or state tax exempt status letter).
- Tier 4 Disabled Veteran - 1. Honorable discharge paperwork; 2. Certification of medical or physical inability to obtain a livelihood by manual labor; 3. Voter registration from State of CA; and 4. A detailed description of proposed business activity.
- Tier 4 - Limited Income - 1. Copy of previous year's tax return showing income (gross, not net) of $2,400, or less.
What else can I do online?
If your business is eligible to renew online, then you may also do all of the following by signing into the e-file portal above.
- Make Account Corrections/Modifications - You can make corrections to your account and contact information PRIOR to completing your renewal so that changes will be reflected on your business tax certificate.
- Cancel Your Business License – You must cancel your business license to avoid penalties and further notices if you are no longer conducting business in the City of Ventura. Submit your business license cancellation online.
- View Your Renewal Form – You may view a copy of your renewal notice online.
- Print a Temporary License - You may view and print a temporary license online 2 business days after you have renewed your license.
- Pay Your TOT
To renew by mail you will need:
- A completed, signed business license renewal notice.
- All required attachments that you receive with your renewal notice.
- Form of Payment - Mail a check, or money order, issued to "City of Ventura" to: City of Ventura, Business Tax Office, 501 Poli St Rm 107, Ventura CA 93001.
The following businesses must renew by mail and may not renew online:
- Tier 1 Retail/Wholesale with Apportionment - You must renew by mail ONLY IF claiming an apportionment using the Apportionment Worksheet. All other Retail/Wholesale businesses may renew online.
- Tier 2 Massage Establishments - Current Certificate of Registration Renewal Fee is $201. Fee's are subject to change after July 1 of each year. Click here for Massage Establishment Instructions and Application.
- Tier 2 Cannabis Delivery Service
- Other - Rental mobile homes, special events, itinerate merchants, and adult performers.
How do I Modify or Cancel if I Renew by Mail?
- Modifications/Corrections - Make the corrections/modifications on your hard copy renewal form that you will mail in.
- Cancel/Close Business License - If you are no longer doing business in the City of Ventura, you must cancel/close your business license to avoid penalties or further notices.
- Cancel by Mail: Indicate the date you ceased doing business and reason for closing on your hard copy form, then sign and mail to the Business Tax Office
- Cancel by Email: Send an email to BL@cityofventura.ca.gov – Title the email "Closing Business License" and include your Account # in the subject line. Be sure to include the date you ceased doing business and reason for closing in the body of your email.
Additional Renewal Information
Master Fee Schedule
The City of Ventura Master Fee Schedule is subject to change annually. To view the most current fees related to business license, click on the link below with the context "Business License Related Fees". To view a complete listing of the Master Fee Schedule, click on the link below with the context "Complete Listing".
What are NAICS and SIC Codes?
NAICS and SIC codes are a catalog of business descriptions that have each been assigned a number. As the business owner, you will select the description that matches your business the best. Once you have selected the appropriate description, then you will provide us with the code associated with that description. NAICS codes are 6-digit codes. SIC codes are 4-digit codes.
For help finding your NAICS and SIC codes, visit www.naics.com/search
What is the Industrial General Permit (IGP) Permit Requirement?
On October 2, 2019, the State of California passed Senate Bill 205, effective January 1, 2020, requiring certain regulated businesses to demonstrate enrollment with Stormwater Industrial General Permits (IGP) BEFORE cities may issue, or renew, a local business license.
What should a business do to comply with this requirement?
- Determine the primary SIC code(s) for your business. For help finding your SIC code(s) visit www.naics.com/search
- Determine whether the SIC code is one required to enroll in the State IGP program. For a list of SIC codes required to enroll in the program, visit IGP-regulated codes
- If the SIC code is a regulated code, then you will need to enroll the business under the State's IGP SMART tracking system and then continue to #4. If the SIC code for your business IS NOT a regulated code, continue with your renewal and skip #4.
- Provide one of the following to the City of Ventura with your business license renewal: WDID application #, WDID #, NONA #, or NEC.
What if I have more questions about the Industrial General Permit (IGP) or the SMART tracking system?
Because, the City of Ventura does not administer or enforce the IGP, you will need to contact the State with any questions. Please contact one of the three individuals below for additional questions. You may also review the State's Frequently Asked Questions
|Andrew Veloz||(213) email@example.com|
|Nerissa Schrader||(213) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lesley Walther||(213) email@example.com|
Cannabidiol (CBD) Products
Any business that sells industrial hemp products containing no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is required to come to the Business Tax Office to sign an affidavit before opening a business license. To see a sample of the form click here.
Note: This form must be signed at the Business Tax Office.