The City of Carlsbad requires all businesses within the limits of the city to have a valid license. Doing business in the city includes businesses based in other cities that enter Carlsbad as part of their work, such as contractors and delivery companies. It also includes businesses that are located in Carlsbad but may not have customers in Carlsbad. Even companies with a temporary presence require a business license. Short-term vacation rental operators need a business licenses and a short-term vacation rental permit. Food trucks and sidewalk vendors require a vending equipment permit.
You may apply for a business license online, by mail or in person. The current processing time is 4 to 6 weeks. Please do not submit multiple applications or payments.
Call the business license office at 760-602-2495 for additional information.