Business Licenses


Title 12 of the City of Coronado Municipal Code establishes the City’s business license tax. This title is enacted solely to raise revenue for municipal purposes through the licensing of the transaction and carrying on of business within the City. A full copy of Title 12 of the City’s Municipal Code is available on the City of Coronado website.


Title 12 regarding the payment of Business License Taxes applies broadly to all commercial activities occurring in the City of Coronado, including professions, trades and occupations; and including activities where the official address of the business is outside of the City of Coronado. Institutions or organizations that are managed or conducted wholly for the benefit of charitable purposes or from which no profit is derived, either directly or indirectly, are exempt from paying the business license tax. This exemption, however, does not extend to other regulations or ordinances of the City of Coronado.

Application forms and other related instructions are found below. Most forms can be filled out online, printed for signature, and submitted for processing to the Administrative Services Department, located at Coronado City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, CA, 92118. Renewal information for your City of Coronado business license is mailed annually in December. Your license may be renewed in person at the City of Coronado City Hall or, in most cases, online through the City’s website.

For questions regarding completion of the Business License forms, or to make payment, please contact the City Administrative Offices at (619) 522-7300.

The payment of the business tax and receipt of a business license does not entitle the license holder to carry on any business which is otherwise prohibited. If your business address is located within the City of Coronado, you may also need to submit an Application for Business Occupancy, Conditional Use Permit, Special Use Permit, and/or any other City, State, or Federal approvals that apply to your type of business before your business may operate. Fees may apply.

An operations permit is required for those activities set forth in Title 20 of the City of Coronado Municipal Code. The described activities require regulation by the City to protect and promote the health, safety and public peace of the community. Links to the most common business types and business activities that require an operations permit are shown below. A full list of activities that require an operations permit can be found in Title 20 of the Municipal Code. Fees may apply.

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All new businesses doing business in the City of Coronado need to complete and submit a City of Coronado Business Application Form and a Workers’ Compensation Declaration Form.

All Business Licenses are issued on an annual basis and expire on December 31 of the year in which the license is issued. Tax rates are based on business gross receipts except for businesses which are contractors operating in the City. An applicant for a new Business License will pay a pro-rated tax depending on the quarter of the year in which the application is submitted. See the following schedules to determine the tax amount for your Business License:


The Business License Tax for all businesses, except for contractors (see below), is based on the business's estimated annual gross receipts. 

 Annual Tax
4/1 to 12/31
7/1 to 12/31
10/1 to 12/31
If Gross Receipts are:
 Less than $15k
 $15k or greater, but less than $50k
 $50k or more


If the business is licensed under the provisions of the State Contractors License Law, the Business License Tax is based on the schedule below. The Contractor Business License Tax is in lieu of, not in addition to, the General Business License Tax. Contractors must also submit a copy of the valid Contractor's License from the California State Licensing Board along with their City Business License Application. Contractors pay only the business license tax listed on this chart. 

 4/1 to
7/1 to
10/1 to
Contractor Tax


Pursuant to the passage of Senate Bill 1186 in 2012 related to disability access, from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2018, any applicant for a local business license or applicant for renewal of a local business license shall pay an additional one dollar ($1) for that license which shall be collected by the City that issues the license. The City will retain $0.70 of the fee to be used to fund increased certified access specialist services in the City of Coronado. The remaining $0.30 of the fee collected is transmitted on a quarterly basis to the State of California Division of the State Architect for deposit in the Disability Access and Education Revolving Fund for the purpose of increasing disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

The Division of the State Architect at

The Department of Rehabilitation at

The California Commission on Disability Access at

California Law requires that every person who regularly transacts a business for profit in the County of San Diego under a fictitious name must file a Fictitious Name Statement with the Recorder/County Clerk and publish it in a local publication. For more information, please contact the San Diego County Clerk at (619) 237-0502, or visit their website at:

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