Purpose of handbook
This pamphlet is provided as a public service to assist those persons interested in establishing and conducting a business in the City of El Segundo. It is not deemed to be all-inclusive. Any errors or omissions herein will not relieve the business owner of responsibility, obligation or liability in fulfilling all legal requirements.
In this handbook you will find general information that applies to all businesses and some that applies to only specific activities. You will also find a directory of governmental and non-governmental agencies that you may be required to comply with or who can offer business assistance.
AUTHORITY TO LICENSE
The State of California permits cities to license for both revenue and regulation [Government Code Section 37101(a)]. Municipalities, and some counties, license businesses for revenue to broaden the tax base because a business uses, or causes to be used, more municipal services than a residence. The Government Code also states that anyone who carries on a business or profession without procuring the license is guilty of a misdemeanor [Section 16240].
El Segundo's business tax ordinance is detailed in Title 4 of the El Segundo Municipal Code.
When the business tax is paid, a business license certificate is issued. This is commonly called a business license and the terms "business license", "business certificate" and "business registration" are used interchangeably.
If you have any questions concerning your registration or other requirements, our staff members will gladly assist you.