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Business License
  Welcome to the City of Irvine Business License homepage.  The City of Irvine is excited that you’ve chosen to operate a business in our city and we value the many businesses that have made Irvine their home.

The City of Irvine requires all businesses (commercial and residential) operating within the City to have a business license (Code of Ordinances Section 4-6-201).  You have 60 days from the date you start conducting business, in the City of Irvine, to obtain a business license. To view a list of agencies to contact before starting a business, click on Agencies.

Online Services:

Apply for a New Business License

Pay, Renew or Update a Business License

Business License Search

Full List of Licensed Businesses in the City

Additional Applications:

Home Occupation Application

Change of Physical Location Application

Change of Business Name and/or Mailing Address

If you need additional information, a City of Irvine Business License representative can be reached via e-mail at
or call the information line at (949) 724-6310.  The Business License desk is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The business license requirement enables the City to maintain a database of businesses within the City that is used for police emergency responses, sales tax purposes, and a multitude of demographic studies.  Public information that is collected on the business license application is available to the community and is also beneficial in providing assistance to the business community for economic development purposes and coordinating business information with other government agencies.