Business Licenses


Obtaining a License

Any individual, partnership or corporation, wishing to conduct a business within the City of Tustin must first obtain a business license. This applies whether the business is home-based, mobile, "store front", or located out of the City with agents working in the City. 

In addition, those businesses having more than one branch and/or more than one business venture at the same location must have a separate business license for each branch or venture.

Do you have the correct  information to complete a Tustin business license application?

Before you complete your business license application, you may need to provide any or all of the following information on your business, yourself, and all owners of your business:

  •  An E-mail 
  •  A Physical and Mailing Address
  •  A State Employer’s ID Number
  •  A Seller’s Permit Number Depending on the Type of Ownership and Nature of your Business
  • Cell phone
  • Description of your Business Activities
  • Driver’s License Number of Each Owner Should be Provided 
  • Home Address
  • Main Business Line
  • Phone Number
  • The Date that your Business will Commence
  • The Name of your Business
  • Website 
  • You May need to Obtain a Federal Employer’s ID Number
  • You May Need to Provide your Social Security Number or your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).
  • You Need to Declare the Number of Employees you will be Hiring

Business License Checklist (PDF)

Additional information/permit may be required dependent upon business activity. For more information, please refer to Special Permits.

Is your business located within the city of Tustin?

View and complete the Businesses Located Within the City of Tustin Application (PDF) if your business is located within the City of Tustin and is not a home based business.

Are you going to operate your Tustin business from your home?

If you are planning to operate your business from your place of residence, you will need to complete a home occupation questionnaire in addition to your business license and permit screening questionnaire. You will need to comply with conditions with Tustin City Code Section 9297, which outlines the definition of a home occupation and all regulations and restrictions associated with home occupations.

View and complete the Home-Based Application (PDF) if your business is located within the City of Tustin and is operated within your home.

are you an out of city business?

If you are an out of city business that is coming to Tustin for any period of time to conduct business, it is required that you obtain a business license for the amount of time that you plan on conducting business in Tustin.

View and complete the Businesses Located Outside the City of Tustin Application (PDF) if your business is physically located outside the City of Tustin and you are performing work, sales, providing services, etc. in the City of Tustin.

Business Lookup

View the Tustin Business Lookup page to view a listing of businesses and owner information.

Business License Tax

The business license tax period is a calendar year beginning January 1 and expiring December 31. The City prorates fees quarterly for new business.

County, Regional, State and Federal Agency permits may also be required for certain types of businesses. 

On October 11, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1379, directing cities to add an increased State Fee of $4.00 to any business license application or renewal, effective January 1, 2018.  This fee will provide a funding source for increased education on disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements to facilitate compliance with the federal and state disability laws.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies: