City of El Segundo Business Registration Finance Department (310) 524-2317 TaxInquiries@elsegundo.org
The State of 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.
If you have any questions concerning your registration or other requirements, our staff members will gladly assist you. Contact us at TaxInquiries@elsegundo.org
Once you have obtained a Business Registration Tax Certificate, a courtesy renewal will be e-mailed in December. If you do not receive a renewal notice, please contact the Revenue Division at TaxInquiries@elsegundo.org. Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business owner of responsibility to renew the Business Registration.
Change in Ownership: Business Registration Tax Certificates are not transferable. A change requires a new Business Registration application.
Change in Business Name: If you change your business name you are required to contact the Revenue Division in writing. The letter shall include a brief explanation, account number, signature and the $6.00 Tax Certificate issuance fee.
Change in Location: If you change your business location within the City limits you are require to remit and updated Business Registration application. Please include the $6.00 Tax Certificate issuance fee.
Branch and Additional Locations: A separate Business Registration Tax Certificate is required for each branch establishment of separate place of business. Every person operating a business shall pay a single license fee for all branch locations or separate places of business within the City. In addition to the single license fee, such persons shall pay an additional location fee for each branch location or separate place of business within the City.
Termination of Business: If your business is terminated or no longer operating in the City, you are required to contact the Revenue Division in writing to close your Business Registration. The letter shall include a brief explanation, account number, and signature.
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. (Click link for 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.