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  • Business License Payment Options

    Please note, for an initial business license you MUST apply in person.  
    To download the appropriate license application, click here .

  • Pay License Online

    You can pay your business tax (renewals only) through the internet.  To pay by this method please have your credit card and business license account number information available.  Your account number is required to pay online. If you do not have your account number, please contact staff in the Business License Section at (626) 744-4166.

    There is a $7.50 convenience charge per business license account, paid by this method. The maximum you can pay by this method for a business license is $5,000.00.  If your payment exceeds the maximum amount allowed, please contact business license staff at (626) 744-4166.

    If there are any changes needed to your business license account, remember to contact the Pasadena Business License Section in writing.

    If your business address, ownership or number of employees has changed, please do NOT pay your bill online. There are forms that you must complete and there may be addition charges that may apply. You will also be given a new account number.

    If you are paying your renewal after the due date, or if your account is delinquent please be aware that penalties and interest may have been added to your account which may not appear on this screen.

    We accept the following card(s): American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa and most ATM cards

    We also accept electronic funds transfers from the following bank account type: Saving, Checking

    There is a $7.50 convenience fee to pay by Credit or Debit card. There is a $7.50 convenience fee to pay by Electronic Funds Transfer.

    After clicking on the link below, you will be asked to:

    1. Select a payment type
    2. Enter your business license account number (directions on how to find your account number are provided)
    3. Enter a payment amount
    4. Confirm your entries
    5. Upon receipt of approval, please write down the confirmation number for future reference.


    Click here to pay your business license online (renewals only) >>


  • Pay License by Phone

    To pay by credit card over the telephone, please call the Business License Section at (626) 744-2902.   Please be sure to have your credit card and business license account number available when placing our call.

  • Pay License by Mail

    If paying by mail, payment must be made by check, money order or credit card.  Please make your check payable to The City of Pasadena.  Checks and money orders payable by banks outside of the United States are not accepted as well as two-party checks.  Please do not mail cash.

  • Pay License In Person

    For your convenience, a business license (renewals only) may be paid in person. 

    In person, you may pay with cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and most ATM cards are accepted.

  • SB 1186 - $1 Mandated Fee on All Business Licenses and Renewals

    On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown passed a Senate Bill (SB 1186) which would implement a $1 state mandated fee from all local businesses.  Beginning on January 1, 2013 the City of Pasadena will charge an additional $1 fee to all local businesses. This includes but not limited to rental properties, out-of-town businesses, home-based businesses, contractors, exempt businesses, and non-profits.  The primary intent of SB 1186 is to limit the liability of businesses against lawsuits under the American Disability Act (ADA).  To find out more information regarding this bill visit the websites below:

    The Division of the State Architect: www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx
    California Commission of Disability Access: www.ccda.ca.gov

    What does this mean for Businesses operating in Pasadena?  This means that any business located in Pasadena or any business that operates outside of the City limits but wishes to conduct business within the City limits will be imposed this $1 state mandated fee along with applicable business license tax.

    As a general rule, all Pasadena businesses or businesses that wish to operate in Pasadena are required to fill out the necessary business license application and pay applicable taxes.

  • Business License Office Hours

    Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 5:15 pm

    City of Pasadena Business Services Section
    100 North Garfield Avenue, Room N106
    P.O. Box 7115
    Pasadena, CA 91109-7215
    Map and Directions >>

    Phone: (626) 744-4166


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