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Welcome to the City of Lancaster.  We want to thank you for choosing to operate your business in Lancaster and wish you well in all your business endeavors.

License Required 
It is unlawful for a person to transact any business in the city without first having obtained a business license. A business license authorizes the licensee to transact business at the location designated on the license. Evidence of doing business include the use of signs, circulars, cards, telephone books, newspapers, internet advertising including but not limited to use of social media or other form of advertisement to represent transacting business in the city, or who holds an active license issued by another governmental agency indicating that such person is transacting business in the city.

Licenses are for a term of twelve (12) months, commencing on the first day of the month when the business began operating in the city or when the city issued the business license, whichever is earlier. Additional information is provided in the Lancaster Municipal Code Chapter Title 5 - Business Licenses and Regulations.

SB1186 - On and after January 1, 2013, each city, county, or city and county shall provide to an applicant for a business license or equivalent instrument or permit and to an applicant for the renewal of the business license or equivalent instrument or permit, the following information:
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:  The Division of the State Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx; The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov; The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov 

Application Downloads
Online application for Business Licenses is currently not offered.  In the near future a new way to apply for Business Licenses will become available. In order to apply for a new Business License, click the links below to download the appropriate forms in PDF or word fill-in format and bring the application to the Finance counter at City Hall. Businesses located in a commercial or industrial zone, or business located outside City limits that are conducting business in Lancaster, should complete the Business License Application.  If the applicant is not the owner of the premises where the proposed business will be conducted, the applicant should submit a copy of a lease, rental agreement or other documentation that establishes the applicant has the property owner's authorization to conduct the business from that location.  If the business is home-based in Lancaster, or a mobile business and you reside in Lancaster, both a Business License Application & a Home Occupation Application must be completed.  The Home Occupation Application requires the property owner's signature.  All incomplete applications submitted will be returned unprocessed and delinquent penalties may be assessed.

You may submit your completed City applications by mail or in person at the City of Lancaster's Business License section, located at:

City of Lancaster
Business Licensing
44933 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534-2461

(661) 723-6237

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