Application for New Business License

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Apply Online - for new business license only

The City of Lancaster is happy to announce that online applications are now available.  Prior to applying online, read the instructions below, which will ensure submission of a complete application and timely receipt of license. 

Application Requirements
Several business licenses require additional documents to be uploaded with the application.  See additional document requirements and checklists below.  All incomplete applications will be returned unprocessed and delinquent penalties may be assessed.

 ** If the applicant is not the owner of the premises where the proposed business will be conducted, the applicant must 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.  This does not apply to businesses operating outside of the City of Lancaster."

Out of city businesses:

  • No lease is required
  • Copy of Seller’s Permit (if selling goods)

 All Commercial Businesses (includes retail and restaurants) within city limits must submit the following: 

If the business is home-based in Lancaster or a mobile business and owner/operator resides in Lancaster, a Home Occupation Application is required.  The Home Occupation Application must be submitted in person to the Planning Department, along with a completed Business License Application. 

In addition to above, the following businesses must provide items listed below:

Retail (or any business selling goods)

Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Café (any business that prepare food)

Daycare (more than 7 kids)

  • State Certificate

Salon Station Rental

  • State Cosmetology License

Automotive Repair Shops

  • Copy of license from Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR)

Businesses requiring 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 an account and begin the application process, you can access the Citizen Access Portal here:

Please review the instructions on how to register and apply for a license online here

Online Application Restrictions

Applications for the following businesses must be made in person at City Hall.  Please click on the link below for a list of documents to provide with the application.

Massage Operator

Massage Technician

Taxi/Tow Truck Operator

Taxi/Tow Truck Driver

Apply In Person or By Mail

Individuals choosing to apply in person or by mail may still do so.  Information above still applies to mail in or walk in applications.  Use the forms below to complete your application and mail in with appropriate additional documentation and payment for license.

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.