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NEW - Senate Bill 205 Business License: Stormwater Discharge Compliance

Proof of Industrial General Permit Required for New or Renewed Business License

On October 2, 2019, the State of California adopted new laws and passed Senate Bill 205 (2019), effective January 1, 2020, requiring any person applying for a new, or renewed, business license to demonstrate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities, Order No. CAS000001 (IGP) coverage for each business location that is conducting industrial activities regulated by the State program.

To comply with State law, the City of Ventura will not issue or renew a City business license without proof of coverage under the State-issued IGP for any business that is required to enroll.  Proof of coverage will include one of the following for each industrial business:

  • WDID - Storm water permit number, known as the Waste Discharge Identification number, and WDID application number; or
  • NEC - No Exposure Certification number; or
  • NONA - Notice of Non-Applicability identification number.

To view the full text of SB 205, visit and search for Bill Number “Senate Bill 205” in the 2019-2020 legislative session.

IGP State contact information:
For more information about the State-issued IGP program, visit:

NEW - Tobacco Retailer License Required

On January 13, 2020, City Council passed an ordinance no. 2020-002, titled “Tobacco Retailer License”, making it a requirement for all Tobacco Retailers in the City to obtain a City-issued Tobacco Retailer License.  This license is in addition to a City of Ventura business license and state cigarette and tobacco license.

A currently operating Tobacco Retailer may continue operating temporarily, until a City Tobacco Retailer License is either issued or denied, IF the application and license fee are submitted no later than March 13, 2020.

For a copy of the Tobacco Retailer License application, click here.

To review the Tobacco Retailer License ordinance, click here.

Cannabis Delivery Services Permit Application

Effective January 1, 2020, the delivery only of cannabis is allowed within the City of San Buenaventura with the issuance of a Cannabis Delivery Services Permit.   Any dispensary applying for this permit must be located outside the City.  To engage in any commercial cannabis delivery activity within the City, the following must be provided to the City Business Tax Office:

Click here for a full copy of the Cannabis Delivery Services Ordinance

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.  This form must be signed at the Business Tax Office.

Exemptions & More

  1. Apportionment Guidelines
  2. Contractor (State Licensed)
  3. Disabled Veteran Exemption
  4. Exempt from Business Tax?
  5. Limited Income Exemption
  6. Non-Profit Exemption

Whenever a person engages in business both within and outside the city, the Business Tax shall be fairly apportioned to reflect that portion of business conducted within the city.

Programs & More

  1. Economic Develop Collaborative
  2. Fictitious Name Filing
  3. SCORE
  4. Seller's Permit
  5. Women's Economic Ventures WEV
  • Business Consulting & Workshops
  • Loans & Funding Assistance
  • Manufacturing Assistance Program
  • How-to on International Trade