Starting a Business in the City of Los Alamitos

The City of Los Alamitos welcomes you to its business community. Starting a business can be exciting and challenging. We wish you success in your new venture!

The City of Los Alamitos requires all businesses operation within the City limits, including property owners and independent contractors, to obtain a business license and to pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations.

There are many things you should consider when starting a business. The goal of this web page is to help the new business owner understand the business license process. Included under the helpful forms section is an informative guide on how to get your business started in the City of Los Alamitos.

You can also download a copy of the business license application required for your type of business. Applications are available for home based businesses, commercial based businesses, and contractors or service providers that are based outside the City of Los Alamitos. The fastest way to apply for a business license is using the online filing method. To begin, simply click on the "start now" button located on the right of this page and select the "apply" option from the main menu.

If you need further assistance or help applying for a business license, you are welcome to contact us at or by phone at (562) 321-5683. All questions and applications are now processed online or over the phone.

What is a Business License?

A business license is an annual tax for doing business within the city limits of Los Alamitos. The City of Los Alamitos Municipal Code requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the City even if your business is located OUTSIDE the city limits or you have a business license from another city. Any business based in the City must have a license as well. This includes home based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and non-profit businesses.

Business licenses fees help pay for city services like roads, fire, police and other community services. These services benefit businesses, business owners, and the general public.

How long is a Business License valid?

A business license is normally good for a year and must be renewed every year depending on the expiration date of your current license. The City will send annual renewal notices; however, it is the business licensee's responsibility to renew on time. Penalties are assessed for delinquent accounts. Conducting business in the City without a valid license can result in citations and fines.

Solid Waste & Recycling in Los Alamitos

Republic Services provides waste and recycling collection services for residential and commercial accounts for the City of Los Alamitos. They offer one-stop shopping for all of the city’s waste removal needs.

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