Any person conducting business within the City must have a valid business license issued by the City of Calimesa.
Doing business in the City is defined as being located in or entering into the City to conduct business with the intent of being paid. This includes businesses based in other cities that enter Calimesa as part of their work such as contractors and delivery companies. It also includes businesses that are located here, but may not have customers in Calimesa. Having a presence, even temporarily, in Calimesa requires a business license. All fees are due at the time of application submittal; fees are not contingent upon approval.
Business License Change Form
If you already have a City of Calimesa business license but you need to make a change to the business name, owner name, and/or address, download the Business License Change Form (PDF).
Types of Licenses
- Out of Town License
- Home Occupation Licenses
- Certificate of Occupancy Licenses
- Sidewalk Vending
- Food Truck Business License
Out of Town Licenses are required for all businesses located outside of Calimesa that conduct business within City Limits. Such as, but not limited to:
- Virtual Office
- Mobile Vendor
Download the Out of Town Business Licenses Packet (PDF). The appropriate fees are listed on page two of the packet.
Home Occupation Licenses are required for all businesses operating at a residential home located in the City of Calimesa. Such as, but not limited to:
- Home Office
- Contract Work
- Online Sales
Download the Home Occupation Business Licenses Packet (PDF). The appropriate fees are listed on page two of the packet.
Certificate of Occupancy Licenses are required for all businesses that conduct business within areas zoned commercial use. Such as, but not limited to:
- Store Fronts
- Office Space
- Food Trucks
Download the Certificate of Occupancy Business Licenses Packet (PDF). The appropriate fees are listed on page two of the packet.
Sidewalk Vending Business License and Vending Permit is required for all who vend from a vending cart or from one's person, upon a public sidewalk, parkway, pedestrian path or other public-right-of-way available to pedestrians. Further a Sidewalk Permit (PDF) is required after the approval of the business license. Fines will be assessed for those not in compliance.
Additional Business Information
- The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) also has additional Licensing and Registration Requirements (PDF) for several different industries.
Licenses for Farm Labor Contractors, Talent Agents, Industrial Homework, and Employers, Supervisors, and Transporters of Minors Working in Door-to-Door sales;
- Registration of Garment Manufacturers/Contractors and Car Wash and Polishing Businesses;
- Certification to Studio Teachers; and
- Collection of bonds for businesses engaging in Fee-Related Talent Services.
- Requirements for Tobacco Retailers
Please contact the DSLE to find out what additional licensing and registration requirements might apply to your business.