Business License

Thank you for choosing the City of Duarte as a place to establish your business!

PAYMENTS BY PHONE: We understand during this time, coming in to City Hall may be challenging; for your convenience, we are accepting payments by phone.  Feel free to contact us during our business hours.

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.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Business License during regular business hours, Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.


Kristine Shuttleworth
Accounting Specialist
(626) 357-7931, ext. 213

Effective January 1, 2018

California State Mandated Fee of $4 for all Business Licenses and Renewal of Business Licenses

SB 1186 requires local agencies to collect a $4 fee from each applicant for a new or renewed “local business license or equivalent instrument or permit.” This requirement is effective beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2023.

On and after January 1, 2024, the fees and requirements remain in effect but the amount will reduce to one-dollar ($1). The purpose is to fund Certified Access Specialist Programs (CASP) and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with Federal and state disability laws.

Federal and State laws require compliance with disability access law and is are a 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:

Division of the State Architect

Department of Rehabilitation

California Commission on Disability Access



Please refer to the following listing of agencies you may need to contact prior to the opening of your business.

Click here for a printable PDF

Los Angeles County

Department of Public Health
To Obtain a Health Certificate or Permit

5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Public Health Department

Los Angeles County Fire Department
For Fire Safety Inspections or Filming Permit Approval

14425 Olive View Drive
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 364-8240

Los Angeles County Fire Department
For Fire Safety Inspections or Business License Application

 605 North Angeleno Avenue
Azusa, CA 91702
(626) 969-7876

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
To File and Register for a Fictitious Name Statement or DBA

12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650
(626) 462-2177
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Los Angeles County Sanitation District
To Obtain a Discharge Permit

1955 Workman Mill Road
P.O. Box 4998
Whittier, CA 90607-4998
(562) 699-7411, Ext. 2900 
Los Angeles County Sanitation District

Federal & State of California

Internal Revenue Services(IRS)

To Obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number

Internal Revenue Services (IRS)
Board of Equalization

To Obtain a Resale Number or Seller’s Permit (Sales Tax)

1521 W. Cameron
West Covina, CA 91790
(626) 480-7200
Fax (626) 480-7260
Board of Equalization

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

To Sell Alcoholic Beverages

222 E. Huntington Drive, Ste 114
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 256-3241
 Fax (626) 357-4173
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

 Employment Development Department
To Register As a New Employer

Employment Development Department

Local Contacts

City Business License
All Business and Contractors Must Apply
1600 Huntington Drive
Duarte CA 91010
(626) 386-6813
Duarte Chamber of Commerce
Opportunities for Community Networking, Business Registration and Membership
1735 Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 357-3333
 Planning Division
To check zoning and verify if there are restrictions or permits required on the use of the building where you plan to locate your business
 (626) 357-7931

Ext. 235/230
Planning Division