Every person or company conducting business in the City of Duarte is required to obtain a business license. Business license applications can be obtained at City Hall Monday through Thursday between 7:30am and 6pm. Included are apartment buildings, retail outlets, wholesalers, manufacturers, service companies, contractors, professionals, self-employed persons and home-based businesses. You must register and pay for the business license PRIOR to the commencement of your business in Duarte. The business license tax is paid ANNUALLY. The City sends renewal notices as a courtesy to the business owner, but it is the responsibility of the individual business owner to be aware of the business tax due date and send payment in a timely manner.
Business licenses are not transferable or assignable to any other person or corporation. If there is a change in ownership, the City of Duarte must be notified and a new application completed. Business Licenses cannot be issued when another permit is required before operations begin. For example, additional permits and/or documentation are required for firearm sales, bingo, handbill distribution, fortune telling, charitable, and door-to-door solicitations, and mobile food carts.
License fees will vary according to the type of business. It is important to call the City of Duarte, Finance Department, to determine the exact fees charged for specific businesses. The business license fee for a fixed location is based on a flat rate plus an additional amount for the number of employees. Apartment building fees are based on the number of units. Vending machine businesses are based on gross receipts. Failure to pay the business license fees when due will result in the assessment of penalties. A 10% per month cumulative penalty is charged for business licenses renewed after the expiration date.
Interested parties may receive a business license application form in a variety of ways. Five downloadable versions are labled and listed below, or we will mail/email you an application form to you. To receive an application by either mail or email, please email your request to: