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Contractor Business License

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.

Fee Schedule | Application | Sub-Contractor’s List

Fee Schedule

Classification A & C
3 months: $139**
12 months: $428*

Classification B
3 months: $210*
12 months: $629*

*Fees valid until July 1, 2022, and
include a $4 state disability access fee and $2 software upgrade fee.



Statement of Use

When the owner or licensed contractor sends an agent or employeer to sign for the license or permit, a notarized Letter of Authorization (PDF) is required.

The above PDF documents require Adobe Reader to view. The forms may be filled out online, printed and mailed to the Business License Division at the address listed below.

Applications can be requested by calling (562) 916-1236 or by submitting an e-mail to Business License and asking for a packet to be mailed to you.

Applications must be mailed to:

Business License Division
City of Cerritos
18125 Bloomfield Avenue
P.O. Box 3130
Cerritos, CA 90703

or e-mailed to

Applications sent via fax will not be accepted.

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 Division 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 bring the completed form to the Business License counter in City Hall or email the completed form to the Senior Business License Officer prior to final. For any questions regarding this form or for email instructions, please call the Business License Division at (562) 916-1236.

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

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