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Contractor Business License

Updated April 16, 2024

Fee Schedule | Application | Sub-Contractor’s List

Fee Schedule

Classification A & C
3 months: $155*
6 months: $304*
12 months $479*

Classification B
3 months: $235*
6 months: $462*
12 months: $705*

*Fees valid until July 1, 2024, and
include a $4 state disability access fee and $2 software upgrade fee.


To obtain an out-of-town contractor’s City business license, you will need to apply at the City’s online portal at As part of the application process, you will need to provide the following supporting documentation in the portal:

  • A copy of your Contractor State License Pocket Card
  • A copy of the owner's/agent's government-issued ID card
  • If you are applying as an agent on behalf of the owner or licensed contractor, you will need to submit a notarized Letter of Authorization (PDF)
  • If doing sales in Cerritos, a copy of your California Seller’s Permit
  • If applicable, proof of non-profit status such as a letter of exemption from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or 501(c)(3) form

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).


To renew your City business license, please follow the renewal instructions on your renewal notice. Renewal notices are mailed and emailed 45 days before business license expiration.

Sub-Contractor’s List

All contractors who hire sub-contractors in connection with a building permit must complete and submit the Sub-Contractor's List to the Business License Office three days prior to the request for final inspection. All sub-contractors must obtain a City business license before the final inspection takes place.

Please complete all fields including the date on which work was completed for each sub-contractor. If the general contractor also performed the specific field listed, then fill out the general contractor's name on the form in that field.

Please email the Sub-Contractor’s List to for processing. For any questions regarding this form or for email instructions, please call the Business License Office at (562) 916-1236.

To schedule a final permit inspection, please call the Building and Safety Division at (562) 916-1209.

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

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