Business Licenses

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A Business License is required by anyone who wishes to transact or conduct business within the boundaries of National City (City).

First Time Applicants

To operate a business within the City, a Business License is required before conducting a business.  Businesses located outside of National City are required to obtain a National City Business License before conducting any business within National City, even if licensed by another jurisdiction.

If your business name is other than your surname, or has more than one owner, or implies multiple ownership, you will need to file a Fictitious Business Name with the County Assessor, Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Please make all fees and taxes payable to the City of National City. 

National City Finance Department City Office Hours are:
1243 National City Boulevard Monday - Thursday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
National City, CA  91950-4301 Closed weekends and holidays

 Business Located in National City must submit:

Home based business must submit:

Contractors that conduct business within National City but do not have a fixed place of business within the City must submit:

  • Business License Application
  • State License Class A or B, contractors pay $200.00
  • State License Class C, contractors pay $135.00
  • Pay $1 (Senate Bill 1186)

Businesses located outside National City that conduct business within National City but do not have a fixed place of business within the City and are not State Contractors must submit:

Business License for National City Swapmeet must submit:

All business licenses expire on December 31st. Business License Renewal Applications are mailed in December and are due back to the City by February 28th. 

  • Avoid penalties by submitting renewal application and fees by February 28th
  • Penalties are assessed by 20% increments beginning March 1st, 20% penalty
  • April 1st, 40%
  • May 1st, 60%
  • June 1st, 80%
  • July 1st or later, 100%

Renew your business license online is available.

Local business listing:

If you have questions or would like to request additional information about business licenses please call (619) 336-4330 or email us finance@nationalcityca.gov.

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