Business License Fees and Renewal
Business license taxes are set by City ordinance and are calculated either as a “flat rate” or on “gross revenues” depending on the type of business operation. To view a listing of business license fees, click here. Business licenses expire on December 31st of each year and must be renewed annually to continue business operations in the city. Late fees will apply upon failure to renew the license within 30 days after the annual expiration date for businesses that have a flat fee rate and by February 28 for businesses that have fees based on gross revenues.
** On October 11, 2017 Governor Brown signed into law AB-1379 which increases the SB-1186 fee from $1 to $4 on any application for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose of this fee 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.
- 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. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:
If you have received a RENEWAL NOTICE for your business license and intend to pay with a credit card, you can either renew On-Line or pay your license renewal fee in person at City Hall, Administrative Services, 1700 W. 162nd in Gardena. The business hours for City Hall are Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.on Fridays. Be sure to complete all sections of the form and make any corrections needed to update the information. Changes to the following: Business Name, Owner/Partner or Corporate Name, Business Location in Gardena may require additional paperwork to be submitted. Please contact the Business Licensing Office at (310) 217-9518 if you have any questions.
A business license certificate will be mailed to the address indicated on your renewal form approximately three weeks from the receipt of your payment. If you want to verify the receipt of your payment, you may do so by calling (310) 217-9521 or click on the link provided below.
Business License On-Line Renewals
For your convenience, the City of Gardena offers residents and businesses the option to renew their business license via the Internet. All you need to access this service is your business license account number and security code. This information is pre-printed on your business license renewal notice in the upper right-hand corner. NOTE: If you do not have the original letter mailed out with your security code and account number, please contact the City of Gardena at BLRenewals@CityOfGardena.Org or call (310) 217-9521 to obtain a reprint of your renewal notice.
Renewal notices are mailed out mid-December every year. If you do not receive your notice, please call the City of Gardena Revenue & Collections Office at (310) 217-9521.