Application For A New Business License

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Apply Online 

Phone: 661-495-5100


Mail: City of Lancaster

Business Support Center

8839 N. Cedar Ave. #212

Fresno, CA 93720


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.


Business License Fee Schedule

 ** 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)

If the business is home-based in Lancaster or a mobile business and owner/operator resides in Lancaster, a Home Occupation Application is required.

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 Tobacco Retail License Application

  • Hookah Lounge

  • Internet Lounge/ Internet Cafe

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

For questions related to business license, please call (661) 723-6237.