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City Hall is closed to walk-in traffic.
You will not be able to apply for a new or renew a license or permit in person at this time. You may submit these application forms online, by email, fax, or mail. You may use the white drop box labeled “Water & Sewer Payment” to submit your application form and payment.
Thank you for choosing the City of Thousand Oaks to conduct your business! We look forward to working with you on your business venture and for your business to be a part of our community. The City's Business Licensing Staff are here to provide you with assistance and information to obtain a new or renewed business license.
The Thousand Oaks Municipal Code requires all businesses located in the City of Thousand Oaks or doing business within the city limits of Thousand Oaks to obtain a business license prior to conducting business. Business tax is an annual tax that you pay each calendar year for operating a business within the City of Thousand Oaks. All business licenses expire on December 31st. Business licenses must be renewed on January 1st of each year and become delinquent on March 1st. The City issues a courtesy notice at the end of the calendar year to remind you that license fees are due. However, it is your responsibility, as the business owner, to renew by the last day of February.
Apply for a New Business License
To apply for a new business license (not renewal) online, please click here.
To print the application forms, click on the links below. Save the file and open using Adobe Reader to sign these forms electronically. You may submit your application via email, mail or fax.
BUSINESS ADDRESS IS IN THE CITY LIMITS OF THOUSAND OAKS
Business Located Inside City Limits in a Home Residence
Business Located Inside City Limits in a Commercial Location
Contractor Business Located Inside City Limits in a Home Residence
Contractor Business Located Inside City Limits in a Commercial Property
BUSINESS ADDRESS IS NOT IN THE CITY LIMITS OF THOUSAND OAKS
Business Located Outside City Limits
Contractor Business Located Outside City Limits
Upon receipt of the business license application and other required forms, your application will be reviewed, approved and processed. You will be notified by email to pay the taxes and fees online, by mail or over the phone.
Renew City Business License
- You may renew the business license online if you have a 2020 business license number and a PIN number. If your business license tax is calculated based on gross receipts, please provide your 2020 actual gross receipts (not 2019).
- If your previous license expired prior to 12/31/2019 or do not have a 2020 business license, please call our office at (805) 449-2201.
Paying Outstanding Balance
- Click here to pay the outstanding balance online.
- On the next screen, click on “Renew License”
- Enter your license number and pin number then click on the Search button
- On the next screen, click on “Pay Outstanding Balance” located at the bottom corner of the screen. Do not click “Renew”.
- On the next screen, click on “Pay Bill” located at the bottom corner of the screen. You have the option to pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or e-check.
Request a Copy of Your License/Business Tax Certificate
You can request a copy of your license/business tax certificate ($11 processing fee) by calling 805-449-2201.
Specialty Permits and Other Forms
To print the application forms, click on the links below. Save the file and open using Adobe Reader to sign these forms electronically. You may submit these application forms via email, mail or in person. City Hall is currently closed to walk-in traffic. You will not be able to apply for a new or renew a license or permit in person at this time. You may use the white drop box labeled “Water & Sewer Payment” to submit your application form and payment.
ICE CREAM TRUCK
MOBILE CAR WASH - Administrative Action Form
SECOND HAND DEALER
TAXI CAB COMPANY
No Longer in Business / Closing the Business License
If you are no longer in business in the City of Thousand Oaks, please notify our office so we may update your business license accordingly.
- If you closed or sold the business after the expiration date of your current license, you must renew the license for the current year and we will inactivate for future renewals.
- If you closed the business prior to the expiration date of the current license, please return the renewal notice or copy of your last business tax certificate with a note when the business was closed and sign the statement.
- If you sold the business prior to the expiration date of the current license, please return the renewal notice or copy of the last business tax certificate with a note when the business was sold, name of the new owner and sign the statement.
Business License State Laws
SB 205 - NPDES PERMIT REQUIREMENTS (Industrial General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities) – Senate Bill 205 Stormwater Discharge Compliance – BPS Section 16000.3 - Effective January 1, 2020, “a business who conducts a business operation that is a regulated industry, as defined in Section 13383.5 of the Water Code, shall demonstrate enrollment with the NPDES permit program …” To avoid delay in the issuance of your Business Tax Certificate, you must submit the current NPDES permit when renewing the license. For more information regarding NPDES permits, please call the City’s Environmental Compliance at (805) 449-2499.
AB 498 - VETERAN EXEMPTIONS – Veterans meeting this bill’s requirements are exempt from paying business licensing fees. For more information and to confirm eligibility regarding Assembly Bill 498, please visit https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/Business-License-Tax-and-Fee-Waiver.aspx. If your business is qualified under this exemption, please contact our office at (805) 449-2201.
AB 1379 - DISABILITY ACCESS - 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:
• The Division of the State Architect's at https://www.dca.ca.gov
• The Department of Rehabilitation at www.dor.ca.gov
• The California Commission on Disability Access at https://www.dgs.ca.gov/CCDA
Business License Listings / Reports
MONTHLY BUSINESS LISTINGS
New Business License listings for the last twelve (12) months are available online. Click the links below for the monthly listings of all new businesses located in the City of Thousand Oaks in commercial buildings. Home-based businesses are not included.
BUSINESS LICENSE REPORTS
Requests for Business License Reports is available by completing the Request for Business Tax Report Form and to be submitted to Customer Service with the administrative fee.