A Business License is required by anyone who wishes to transact or conduct business within the boundaries of National City.
First Time ApplicantsFor businesses located within the City, a Business License must be obtained before conducting business. Businesses located outside of National City, even if licensed by another jurisdiction, must obtain a National City Business License before doing any business in National City.
Businesses Located in National CityTo obtain a business license you must submit a completed Business License Application, Business Clearance Application, anEnvironmental Survey Form and $100.00 first time application fee payable to the National City Finance Department in person or by mail.
Home based businesses must also submit a Home Occupation Permit Application.
Business Located Outside of National CityBusinesses, other than contractors, that conduct business within National City but do not have a fixed place of business within the city must pay an annual business tax of sixty-five dollars ($65.00) per vehicle operated within the city. 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.
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ContractorsAll State Contractors doing business in National City must also apply for a business license. Class A or B contractors pay a business license fee of $200. Class C contractors pay a business license fee of $135.
License RenewalsRenewal notices are mailed to all existing businesses each December. To avoid penalties, the completed renewal notice and payment must be submitted to the National City Business License Division by February 28th. Effective March 1st, penalties are assessed at the rate of 20% per month (March 1st - 20%, April 1st - 40%, May 1st -60%, June 1st - 80%, After June 30th - 100%).
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If you have questions or would like to request additional information about business licenses please call (619) 336-4330 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
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