In order to conduct, manage, carry on or engage in any business in the City of Norwalk, a valid business License is required. (N.M.C. Section 5.08.010)

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12700 Norwalk Blvd. Room 5
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 929-5713
(562) 929-5056 Fax

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 6:00pm
Alternating Fridays 8:00am – 5:00pm
City Hall is closed every other Friday

Before you apply for a business license be sure to complete the following steps:

To Obtain a Business License

Forward the completed Business License Application [PDF]  and Sub-Category documentation based on your type of business:

  • Professions:  Any profession or vocation licensed by the State, related to a licensed profession and/or requiring a period of specialized training.
  •  Service and Trades:   Any business mainly of a service nature such as: barbers/beauticians, manicurist, day care, gardeners, handyman, housekeeping, janitorial, maintenance, auto repair, warehousing, temp agency, dry cleaners, pet groomers, etc.
  • Retail/Wholesale:  Any business primarily selling retail or wholesale items, such as: restaurants, gasoline stations, clothing, produce, grocery, department, and home improvement stores.
  • Property Rentals/Management: Rentals include: hotels, motels, apartments, rooming houses, duplexes, triplexes, trailer courts, mobile home parks, office complexes, and similar rental units having four or more units, spaces, rooms or properties.
  • Coin-Operated/Vending Machines  Any business that operates by coin, credit or debit card. Examples are: coin laundry mats, pool tables, newspaper stands, beverage & food machines, movie kiosk, etc.

Fee Schedule - Business License fees vary based on type of business this list contains the fees for all types of business licenses .All businesses must also pay State Mandated Fee SB1186

Please note, applicants for Business Licenses should be aware that federal and state laws require disability access be provided for buildings open to the public. Click here for a copy of the Notice regarding DISABILITY ACCESS REQUIREMENTS AND RESOURCES

Non Profit Organizations

Forward the completed Exempt Business License Application and Non-Profit Financial Statement.

Annual Renewal

Business Licenses are valid for one calendar year and expire on December 31st of each year. Licenses must be renewed annually and payment of fees must be paid no later than January 31st of each year.

Payment of annual renewal maybe paid Online, before January 31st.  If paid after the due date, interest and penalties will apply.


Other Important Links

Alcoholic Beverage Control Board -
Articles of Incorporation -
Bureau of Automotive Repair -
Community Care Licensing -
Health Department -
Franchise Tax Board -
Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder-
Norwalk Chamber of Commerce -
Social Security Information -


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