Renew a Business License Online

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The City of Lancaster is happy to announce that businesses can now renew their license online.  Prior to renewing online, read the instructions below, which will ensure submission of a complete renewal application and timely receipt of license.

Business owners are required under Lancaster Municipal Code 5.04.030 to make application for renewal a minimum of thirty (30) calendar days prior to the expiration date of the current license. Renewal notices are mailed as a courtesy to the business owner. 

Renewal Requirements
Businesses requiring annual Livescan:

  • Liquor Store
  • Mini-Mart/ Convenience Market (ABC 20 or 21 license and is under 10,000 SF)
  • Smoke Shop
  • Tobacco Shop
  • Hookah Lounge
  • Internet Lounge/ Internet Cafe

Registering for an Account

To register for an account, access the Citizen Access Portal here:

Please review the instructions on how to register and renew a license online here.

Once an account is created please email:  and request that the account be linked to the appropriate license.  Please include in the email the exact email address that was used when registering the account, the license number, business name, and owner contact info.  Accounts will be linked within 24 hours, except requests made on holidays or weekends.  Accounts will be linked on the next business day.

Online Renewal Restrictions

Renewals for the following businesses must be made in person at City Hall.  Annual live scans are required for to apply for a renewal.

Massage Operator

Massage Technician

Taxi/Tow Truck Operator

Taxi/Tow Truck Driver


Renew In Person or By Mail

Individuals choosing to renew in person or by mail may still do so.  You may submit your completed applications by mail or in person: 

City of Lancaster
Finance - Business License Department 
44933 Fern Avenue 
Lancaster, CA 93534-2461 

For questions related to business license, please call (661) 723-6237.