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Business Licenses

Updated November 19, 2021

Temporary Service Closure

The City of Cerritos is preparing to offer online business license services, including the ability to apply, renew, and pay business license fees through an online portal. Due to required computer system upgrades, business license services will not be available on Friday, December 3, 2021 all day and Monday, December 6, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For assistance, please call the Business License Office at (562) 916-1236. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Submit Your Application Online

In an effort to continue providing assistance to the public, the Department of Community Development has taken measures to accept business license applications via email. Please follow the instructions in the following document:

Business License Interim Electronic Submittal Procedure (PDF)

All applications can be submitted and processed online. Should you have any questions or require assistance, please call (562) 916-1236 or email If your questions or concens cannot be addressed via telephone or email, an appointment for an in-person visit may be scheduled with appropriate Business License staff by calling (562) 916-1236.

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.

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