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) Miscellaneous Business


Per Year

   a) Landscaping/Gardening

   b) Handyman

   c) Professional/Massage Therapist/Beauty Stylist

   d) Delivery Vehicle – Wholesale/Retail

   e) Fixed Place of Business/Investment Property (i.e. Apartment Building, rental property, etc.)

   f) Other Business

2) State License Contractor


Per Year

3) 30 Day Contractor License


30 Days

   a) Deputy Inspector

4) Home Occupation


Per Year

Business License Renewal

1) Miscellaneous Business


Per Year

2) Contractor


Per Year

3) 30 Day Contractor


30 Days

4) Home Occupation


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