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The City of San Marcos requires all businesses within city limits to have a valid business license.  Doing business in the city, even temporarily, is defined as being located in or entering into the city to conduct business.  This includes businesses based in other cities that enter San Marcos as part of their work, such as contractors and delivery companies.

The City’s online License renewal software is currently down.  We do apologize for this inconvenience.  If you would like to email your completed/signed renewal form and pay over the phone with a debit/credit card, please call the cashier at (760) 744-1050, Ext. 3272 for instructions on how to proceed.

How do I...

Start a new Business

New Business License Application -
Submit by email to  You will be contacted once your application is processed and asked to provide payment information over the phone.

Apply for a Massage License

More Information:

Senate Bill 205 Stormwater Discharge Compliance Requirements - January 1, 2020

State Imposed Fee - January 1, 2018

San Marcos Municipal Code relating to Business Licenses

File a Fictitious Name Statement

Apply for a Seller's Permit

Regulatory License/Permit

If you conduct business under any of the following categories, a separate regulatory license/permit must be obtained that will require special processing. This is in addition to a business license.  To obtain additional information and an application packet, please call (760) 744-1050 and the appropriate extension listed below.

License Type Contact
Amusement License (760) 744-1050, ext. 3204 
Bingo License  (760) 744-1050, ext. 3111 
Dance License (760) 744-1050, ext. 3204 
Entertainment Establishment License  (760) 744-1050, ext. 3204 
Firearms License (760) 744-1050, ext. 3111 
Massage Establishment License (760) 744-1050, ext. 3101 
Nonprofit Solicitation License (760) 744-1050, ext. 3111
Solicitor License (760) 744-1050, ext. 3111
Taxicab Permit (760) 744-1050, ext. 3111 
Finance Department  Business Licenses
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1050 
(760) 744-1050, ext. 3101

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