City of Vista Business License

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Anyone conducting business in the City of Vista must have a business license. A new business owner will need to fill out a business license application. Please note a street address of the business is necessary; a post office address alone cannot be used.

Once received by business license staff, the application is then forwarded to the City Development Services Center for zoning clearance and the appropriate fees are collected. The application will be routed for all approvals and a business license will be issued. 

Apply for a new license, renew or close a license, or pay a balance due online at The revenue from the Business license fees help support public safety, street maintenance, and recreation services for the community.


New business owners must fill out a business license application online or by downloading a PDF form.


City of Vista business licenses are renewed annually. Many City business licenses can be renewed online.


Determining the Amount of Business  License Tax to Pay

Calculation of business license tax is done as part of the business license application. New businesses will be asked to provide an estimate of annual gross receipts which is the basis for the calculation. Additional fees, based on type and location of the business may be assessed. 

SB-1186 Requires the City to Collect an Additional $4 State Fee. Effective January 1, 2018, SB-1186 requires the City of Vista to collect an additional $4 state fee from any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws. 

AB-3002 Disability Access Requirements & Resources: Notice to Applicants for Business Licenses and Commercial Building Permits - Notice issued 12-28-18


Business License Office
City of Vista
200 Civic Center Drive, Vista CA 92084
P: 760.639.6174

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