A business license is required for most businesses that are either physically located in the City of La Quinta or conduct business in the City. In addition, businesses that operate from their personal residence are required to apply for a Home Occupation Business Permit, which is issued through the City's Customer Service Center.
BUSINESSES LOCATED IN THE CITY OF LA QUINTA
This application should be used for all business that are located in La Quinta and conduct business in La Quinta.
BUSINESS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE CITY OF LA QUINTA
This application should be used if you are conducting business in the City of La Quinta and live outside the city limits and are not a contractor or consultant for the City of La Quinta.
CITY OF LA QUINTA CONSULTANT/CONTRACTOR
This application should be used for all consultants or contractors that have agreements with the City of La Quinta.
STATE LICENSED CONTRACTOR
This application should be used if you are a general contractor or subcontractor.
This application should be used for every person transacting or engaged in the rental or four or more dwelling units in any apartment house, rooming-house, houses for rent, or other living accommodations and shall pay an annual fee of $12.00 per unit. Hotels and motels shall be on the gross receipts basis and Short Term Vacation Rentals should apply for a Short Term Vacation Rental license and permit. Mobile Home, Trailer and Recreational Vehicle Parks. $12.00 per space per year.
Please note that applications will only be processed when and if all requirements have been completed. Incomplete applications will be returned and will not be processed. Please call the Customer Service Center at (760) 777-7125 if you have any questions.
*On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown Signed into Law SB-1186 which adds a State Fee of $1 on any applicant for a Local Business License, Permit or Renewal. The purpose is to comply with construction-related accessibility requirements for Businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability law, as specified.
Effective January 01, 2018, Senate Bill (SB) 1186 (Chapter 383, Statutes of 2012) was recently amended by Assembly Bill 1379 (Chapter 667, Statutes 2017) to increase the ($1) to ($4) additional fee is to be paid by any applicant for a local business license.
Should you have any question, please feel free to call City staff
(760)777-7000 or send an email to the following: email@example.com