Business Licenses


Business licenses are maintained by the Finance Department. To file for a business license, please submit a completed Business License Application (forms are below) to the Finance Department located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, CA 90755. 

Business License Application - Inside Signal Hill (PDF)

Business License Application - Outside Signal Hill (PDF)

Business License Fees

The cost for a business license is based upon type of business. Please see basic license fees (PDF) for a listing of fees. Business licenses may be paid for by mail or in person.

To pay by mail, send a check to
City Hall - Business License
2175 Cherry Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755

To pay in person, visit City Hall during business hours. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

For more information regarding business licenses, please call 562-989-7315.

Business Tax Change

Changes to a business must be submitted to the City on a Business Tax Change Form (PDF) along with a $143 filing fee.

Home Occupations

The Home Occupation Information Form (PDF) explains regulations dealing with home occupations in Signal Hill. The form must be signed before a home occupation can be approved by the City.


View information about building inspections, which are provided by the Building Safety Division of the Community Development Department.

New Businesses

Read our New Business Checklist (PDF), which details the steps you must take when starting a new business in Signal Hill.

To apply for a re-sale permit please contact the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

Zoning Information

Before applying for a license/permit or leasing/buying a building, check with the Planning Division to make sure the proposed business is consistent with the zoning of the property. To find out if a proposed business is in the appropriate zone and that the site meets the City’s off-street parking standards, please contact a planner in the Community Development Department at 562-989-7340. View information about zoning in Signal Hill.

  1. Business Licenses

    Phone: 562-989-7316

    We are closed on Fridays in September 2020 through January 1, 2021.

    Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm