Business Tax Certificates

Tax Certificate Requirements


Thank you for doing business in Morro Bay!

 The City of Morro Bay requires all organizations operating within the City limits to have a current business tax certificate (commonly referred to as a business license).

Funds collected from this certificate help support crucial City functions in order to better serve businesses, like paying for police and fire protection, business support and economic development initiatives, fixing streets, and more.

Business tax certificates apply to businesses operating as a general or sub-contractor (with offices located both inside and outside of the City), as a home occupation, from a commercial or office space, or as businesses conducting temporary activities within the City limits.

Application Process


Out-of-town contractors do not have to go through an approval process. Once approved, you will be notified by our Building Permit Technician and your fees can be paid and a certificate will be issued. Certificates are good for 12 months from the date of issuance.

To apply for a business tax certificate:
  • Submit a completed application to Administrative Services.
  • Once submitted, the application is forwarded to our Planning Division and Fire Department for their approval.
  • It will also be forwarded to our Harbor Department should the business be located on the waterfront. In rare cases the Police Department may need to provide their approval.

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