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Business Licenses

Updated December 21, 2021

Online Business License Services Now Available

The City of Cerritos is pleased to announce that City business license services are now available online. You can apply for, renew, or pay business license fees online at: permits.cerritos.us. Please see below for information on accessing City business license services online:

Current City Business License Holders

  1. Call the Business License Office at (562) 916‑1236 to link your current account to a new portal account that will be created for you.

    When calling, ensure you have the following information:
    • Current Cerritos business license number
    • Business name and address
    • Business owner name
    • A preferred online user name that will be associated with the account
    • An email address that will be associated with the account
  2. Once your portal account has been created by the Business License Office, you will be able to log in to access online business license services at permits.cerritos.us.

New Businesses

  1. Create a portal account at permits.cerritos.us.
  2. Click “Submit an Application” to apply for a new business license. Follow the instructions and ensure you have all required supplemental documentation.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

To help us better serve you, please take a short one-minute customer satisfaction survey to provide any feedback for improvement.

For more information, please call the Business License Office at (562) 916-1236 or email business_license@cerritos.us.

The City of Cerritos takes pride in providing its businesses with the best services and financial options to make doing business in Cerritos inexpensive and hassle free. The California Association for Local Economic Development awarded the City a 2007 “Award of Merit” for its Business Retention and Expansion program. The Los Angeles County economic Development Corporation named the City a finalist for the “Most Business-Friendly City Award” in 2007 and 2008.

City business license services, including applying for a new business license, renewing your business license, and fee payment, can now be accessed through the City’s online portal at permits.cerritos.us.

For Current City Business License Holders

  1. Call the Business License Office at (562) 916-1236 to link your current account to a new portal account that will be created for you.

    When calling, ensure you have the following information:
    • Current Cerritos business license number
    • Business name and address
    • Business owner name
    • A preferred online user name that will associated with the account
    • An email address that will be associated with the account
  2. Once your portal account has been created by the Business License Office, you will be able to log in to access online business license services at permits.cerritos.us.
  3. Renewals: To renew your City business license, please follow the renewal instructions here (PDF).

For New Businesses

If you are opening a new business in Cerritos for the first time, please follow these instructions:

  1. Create a portal account at permits.cerritos.us.
  2. Click “Submit An Application” to apply for a new business license. Follow the instructions and ensure you have all required supplemental documentation.
  3. Resubmit After Making Corrections: Upon submitting an application, you will be notified if corrections are required. To resubmit your application after making the required corrections, please follow the resubmittal instructions here (PDF).


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