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You can submit a completed Business License Change Form and we will process the changes within 2-3 business days.
*Please note that there is $3.00 fee if your changes affect the face of the Business License.
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Every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession in whole or in part, within the limits of the City of Ridgecrest, CA, is required to pay an annual license tax for the privilege of doing business and obtain a business license.
A Business License Application can be obtained from the Finance Department in City Hall located at:City of Ridgecrest100 W California AveRidgecrest, CA 93555
You can also view Business License Application FY23 online.
Upon completion of the business license application, it can be mailed to:City of Ridgecrest, ATTN: Finance Dept.100 W California AveRidgecrest, CA 93555
It can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org , or you can stop by City Hall and drop off your application at the Finance Department:100 W California AveRidgecrest, CA 93555
Business licenses are renewed annually. All licenses expire December 31st of the calendar year. Renewal notices are mailed out in November, and the due date is no later than December 31st. All payments that are received February 1st or thereafter are considered late and will be charged a late fee.
We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard), checks, and cash.
Please go to Pay your business license online.
Directions for paying your business license online
If you are located in the City of Ridgecrest but work from your home, you will need to complete the Business License Application FY23, and you will also need a Home Occupation permit from the Building Department.
Please notify the City of Ridgecrest by submitting the Business License Inactivation Form or notifying us come renewal time so that we can mark your license inactive. Fees will accrue if you do not notify the City of Ridgecrest that your business is inactive.
Yes; however, you will have to put in a Public Records Request through the City Clerk's Office. You can call or come by the City Clerk's Office in City Hall as well, located at:100 W California AveRidgecrest, CA 93555
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