Business Licenses

Completed applications can be emailed to [email protected]. Upon receipt, a staff member will reach out for payment. Once paid, we will process the permit and email the applicant their receipt, permits and inspection record. 

In order to conduct or solicit any business within the City of Sierra Madre all businesses must be registered and licensed with the City. Licenses are issued for a calendar year (no prorating) and renewal notices are mailed in December. Business License Applications must be returned with payment along with a copy of the applicants driver's license as well as any other State Licenses (California Contractor's card, etc.) to City Hall, Monday - Thursday from 7:30am - 5:30pm.

Any income property owned within the City limits requires the owner to obtain a business license.

Those who are applying for Home Occupation Business Licenses will need to fill out an additional permit form which will be reviewed by the Planning and Community Preservation Department.

New Business License Fee

1) General Business $342
a) Landscaping/Gardeners: Tree Trimmers, Irrigation Installers
b) Handyman: Non-License Contractor (No more than $500 labor & material)
c) Professional/Massage: Therapist/Beauty Stylist, Realtor, Property Management Company, Property Manager (Company) and LLC Corporations
d) Delivery Vehicle – Wholesale/Retail, Mobile Pet Spa, Mobile Window Cleaners, Mobile Window Screens, Mobile Steam & Carpet Cleaners, Mobile Detailing, Cement Mixers (trucks), Pump Operators (cement mixing)
e) Fixed Place of Business/Investment Property (Apartment Building, Rental Property (house) and Air BnB, ETC.)
f) Other Business: Painters, Wood/Tile/Carpet Flooring, Blinds, Cabinets, Rain Gutters, Steam Cleaning (Carpet/Air Conditioning/Attic)
2) State License Contractor $318
a) Pest Control, Construction (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, concrete cement, building ETC.)
3) 30 Day Contractor $160 - 30 Days
a) Deputy Inspector
4) Home Occupation (Planning Department Approval) $234
5)Pre-issuance inspections Actual Cost + 15%
a) Fixed Place of Business in Sierra Madre

Business License Renewal

1) General Business $181 Per Year
2) State License Contractor $211 Per Year
3) 30 Day Contractor $107 - 30 Days
4) Home Occupation $128 Per Year

The cost of vehicle stickers (required for certain licenses only) is included in the business license fee and there is no limit to how many can be issued. However, if there are more than 10 vehicles for a business, that business would be registered as a “fleet” in the business license system.

Special License

A) City Contracted
Business - New $172.00 Per Year

B) City Contracted
Business - Renewal $92.00 Per Year

C) One Day/Special Event $42.00 Per Event

D) One Day/Special Event 
City Sponsored $42.00 Per Business

E) Vending Machine $48.00 Per Machine

F) Solicitors $117.00 Per Day/Per Person

*All charges include $4 SB1186 State Fee