WHO NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE
GENERALLY Any person, including but not limited to an individual, partnership, corporation or limited liability company, who wishes to conduct either directly or indirectly, any business within the City of El Segundo must secure a business license. City law states that no person shall engage in business or transact and carry on a business or business activity, show, or exhibition without complying with any and all applicable provisions of Title 4 of the Municipal Code.
A separate license/certificate is required for each branch or separate location of business.
Some businesses are regulated and require approval prior to obtaining the business license. See page 12 for details.
HOME-BASED BUSINESSES Home-based businesses are allowed if it merely serves as the base of operations and the activity does not create any traffic or noise, does not involve customers at the home, and there are no identifying signs. The use of residential property for business purposes requires a Home Occupation Permit. For information or questions regarding the Home Occupation Permit and Zoning please contact the Planning Division at (310) 524-2344.
OWNERS OF RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Owners of residential and commercial rental properties must have a business license.
REAL ESTATE SALES AGENTS Real estate sales agents are in business for themselves. Although they must be affiliated with a licensed broker, each agent is responsible for payment of his/her own business license.
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS Independent Contractors are in business for themselves and must obtain a business license prior to commencing work. Generally, if payroll taxes are not deducted from your pay, you are and Independent Contractor.