Our job in the Finance Cashier’s office is to help guide you through the process of starting a business in the City of Hermosa Beach, and to assist you in continuing to do business in this community. Our staff issues business licenses (good for one year and must be renewed annually), answers questions for existing licensees, assists applicants in the completion of their application and does follow-up on the approval and issuance of licenses.

Opening a new business in Hermosa Beach? The City waives the first year of business license taxes for most businesses (excepting bars & restaurants serving alcohol which close after midnight). To apply or renew a business license:

Please visit our Opening a New Business page for more information regarding additional forms, permits, and requirements necessary to start your business in Hermosa Beach. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Kevin McLeod at (310) 318-0206.

Business License Regulations 

To learn more about doing business in the City of Hermosa Beach, please see Chapter 5 of the City of Hermosa Beach Municipal Code (HBMC)

Disability Access Requirements 

In October 2017, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1379, which adds a state fee of $4 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified. 

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: