We welcome you to apply for or renew your business tax registration with the City of El Segundo. For your convenience, most processes can be done online.
Use the Business Tax Payment Portal to quickly and easily renew your El Segundo Business Registration.
Have your account number and security code ready.
- Business Registrations must be renewed annually and kept current.
- Once you have obtained a Business Registration Tax Certificate, you’ll receive a courtesy renewal notice via email in December.
- Didn’t receive a renewal notice? Contact the Revenue Division
- Failure to receive a renewal notice does not excuse an business from the responsibility of renewing the Business Registration.
Most businesses can apply to register their business with the City online. Certain businesses are not eligible to apply online. If your business fits one of the categories below, please contact us for instructions on how to proceed.
- Cannabis-related Industries
- Short-term Rentals
- Massage Establishments
- Massage Therapist/Practitioner
- Dog Daycare/Kennels
- Firearm Sales
- Fortune telling/Psychic
- Pawn broker/Second- hand Dealer
- Peddler/Door-to-Door Sales
- Handbill Distribution
Follow the four steps below:
Step 1: Collect Your Paperwork
Gather and prepare these items to make your application process easy:
- Federal Tax ID number (for Corporations, LLCs, partnerships, others with a FEIN)
- Social Security number (for sole proprietors)
- Driver's License number for primary contacts
- Sellers Permit showing an address in El Segundo (required for retail or wholesale businesses)
- Professional license number - County, State or Federal
- Construction Job location and job valuation (contractors and some outside services)
- 501(c)(3) determination letter - for nonprofit or charitable organizations
- Documentation of tax-exemption
- Visa, MasterCard, American Express Credit or e-check information
- A detailed and complete description of your business activity
- Be sure to provide sufficient detail about your business to help us assess your application.
Step 2: Choose and Complete the Right Application
Contractors – Contractors licensed with the Contractors State License Board.
In-City – Businesses based within the City of El Segundo, including home based.
Outside City – Businesses working in The City of El Segundo but based elsewhere. (Don’t use this form if you are a General Contractor or Sub-Contractor.)
Property Rental & Lease – Property Owners of commercial or industrial locations, residential and apartment rentals.
Step 3: Check Your Email
Once your application is completed, we’ll send you a confirmation email to let you know that it is under review. When processing is completed, we’ll send a second email to notify you or request additional information to complete your application. Your confirmation email will include a link with temporary credentials so you can check your application status. If you have any questions, please contact the Revenue Division.
Please note: it may take up to 10 business days to process your application.
Step 4: Pay Your Business Registration Fee
- Continue to the Payment Portal to complete your Business Registration.
- See a comprehensive list of common business tax fees and business types.
El Segundo's business tax ordinance is detailed in Title 4 of the El Segundo Municipal Code.
The State California permits cities to register businesses for both revenue and regulation [Government Code Section 37101(a)]. Municipalities, and some counties register businesses for revenue to broaden the tax base because businesses use, or cause to be used, more municipal services than a residence.
The Government Code [Section 16240] also provides for penalties for anyone who carries on a business or profession without procuring a proper tax certificate.
When the business tax is paid, a business registration tax certificate is issued. This is commonly referred to as a business license. The terms "business license," "business tax certificate," “business tax registration” and "business registration" are used interchangeably.
State Mandate Law SB205 (Stormwater Discharge Compliance)
Any business required to obtain a stormwater permit under the federal Clean Water Act through enrollment with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program must complete the El Segundo SB205 Stormwater Discharge Compliance form.
Additional Information: SB205 SIC Selection Information
Failure to demonstrate required enrollment within 90 days of applying can result in the denial of such business license application or renewal for insufficient information as required per State Law.
State Mandate Law AB1379 (Certified Access Specialist Program)
On October 11, 2017 Governor Brown signed into law, AB-1379, which adds a State fee of $4.00 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified.
This law requires that you be provided the following notices: Under Federal and State law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.
You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:
The Division of the State Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/Home.aspx
The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov
The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov
To obtain a copy of the AB1379 state mandate, please click on the link below: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov