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To safeguard public health and slow the spread of COVID-19, the cashier is closed until further notice.  Please see below regarding options for new and renewal Business License submissions and payments.  Any questions can be emailed to or by calling the cashier at (760) 744-1050, Ext. 3272 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some changes in business practices may cause delays in response times and processing renewals and new applications.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time.

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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.

How do I...

Start a new Business

New Business License Application -

Submit by mail or email to .  You will be contacted once your application is processed and asked to provide payment information over the phone.

Business License Renewals -

The City’s online renewal system is currently down.  Please either mail in your signed renewal notice AND SB 205 Stormwater Compliance Form with a check payment OR email completed forms to and then the Cashier will call you for payment.

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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