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Busines License Tax and Fee Schedule

Chapter 5.07 of the Chula Vista Muncipal Code establishes the Master Tax Schedule for Business Licenses, and can be accessed here.

Business License Tax and fee information is provided below to aid in calculating Business License Taxes and fees due.  Any error or omission does not excuse business owners of any responsibility or liability when establishing a business in the City of Chula Vista.  Review the entire schedule to determine what taxes and fees apply to your business. 

If you have questions, please contact a Business License Representative at (619) 585-5624 or CVLicenses@chulavistaca.gov.

Quick Links:

arrow Business License Tax

arrow Penalty Fees

arrow Zoning Fees

arrow Miscellaneous Special Fees

arrow Special Business Classification Taxes and Fees

arrow Business Types Requiring License Fees in Addition to Business License Tax

arrow Professional Business Type

arrow Apartments, Hotels and Motels

arrow Downtown Improvement District (DID) Assessment

arrow Fire Code Inspection Operational Permit Fees

arrow Contact Us


Business License Tax

Business License Taxes are prorated quarterly at time of issuance, as follows:

Business Type
1st Qtr
2nd Qtr
3rd Qtr
4th Qtr*
Employee Tax**
arrow Businesses with 5 or fewer employees, with a fixed location in Chula Vista
$25.00
$18.75
$12.50
$6.25
No tax for 5 or fewer employees
arrow Businesses with more than 5 employees, with a fixed location in Chula Vista
$52.50
$39.38
$26.25
$13.13
$6.50 per employee
arrow Out of city businesses, with no fixed location within Chula Vista
$52.50
$39.38
$26.25
$13.13
$6.50 per employee

*Business license applications processed in the 4th quarter of the calendar year (October 1 through December 31) pay taxes/ fees for the 4th quarter of the current year and for all of the following year.

**When counting employees, DO NOT count business owner(s) as employees.

A Home Occupation Permit Application must be submitted with the Business License Application for all home-based businesses.  A Business License Application for a home-based business cannot be processed without a completed Home Occupation Permit Application.  Please see our Home Occupation Permit page for additional information.

SB 1186 - CA State Disability Access Fee | New!

Effective January 1, 2013, all cities and counties throughout California are mandated by the State to collect a $1.00 fee on every local business license application or renewal.  This fee applies to all licenses, including, but not limited to, all in-city commercial and home-based, all exempt, all non-profits, landlords, out-of-city, and all contractors.  You can view the SB1186 mandate here.

 

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Penalty Fees

Business License Taxes are due in advance.  Taxes not paid in advance are assessed a 10% penalty each month, up to 60%.

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Zoning Fees

A zoning review fee is required for all new businesses with a fixed location within the City of Chula Vista.  This is a one-time fee, due at application.

Business Type
Zoning Fee
arrowHome-based business
$25.00
arrowCommercial address, not open for business at time of application
$48.00
arrowCommercial address, open before application date
$96.00

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Miscellaneous Special Fees

arrow Change of Classification
$12.00
arrow Change of Location
$12.00
arrow Doing Business As (DBA) Name Change
$5.00
arrow Duplicate License, per copy
$5.00

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Special Business Classification Taxes and Fees

The following Special Business Classifications are subject to the following tax schedule, in place of the Business License Tax shown above.

Business Type Tax
Amusement Video, Weighing Machines $30.00 per year, per machine
Billboards & Bill Posting (Advertising) $75.00 per year, per billboard
Bingo License* $50.00 per year
Card room, per table Fee varies - paid quarterly
Closing Out Sale, first 60 days * $30.00 per location

Closing Out Sale, 30 day extension

(max 1 extension)*

$15.00 per location

Dances for Youth

(requires adult-sponsored group payment) **

$15.00 per year, $5.00 per day
Ambulance Attendants/ Drivers $5.00 per year, per attendant

Amps/ Other Devices for

Announcing and Advertising

$10.00 per day, per vehicle
Handbill/ Sample Distribution $25.00 per quarter, $5.00 per day
Jewelry Sold at Public Auction** $100.00 per sale, per location
Junk & Secondhand Dealers** $200.00 per year, per location
Manufacturer, 5 or fewer employees $25.00 1st year, $52.50 per renewal
Manufacturer, more than 5 employees $52.50 + $3.25 per employee, per year
Massage Parlor, Bathhouse, Art Studio $250.00 per year
Pawnbroker** $200.00 per year
Pool & Billiard Hall $150.00 per year
Professional, In-City $25.00 1st year, $105 renewal
Professional, Out-of-City $105 per year
Promotional Event, Non-Profit (3 day max)** $5.00 per event
Real Estate Broker $25.00 1st year, $105 renewal
Real Estate Salesperson $25.00 per person, per year
Special Event (Carnival, etc.)* $250.00 per day
Taxicab Business* $150.00 per year
Taxicab Vehicle(s)* $25.00 per vehicle
Vending Vehicle $200.00 per year

*Police Department approval required before payment of taxes/ fees.

**Police Department approval required before issuance of license.

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Business Types Requiring License Fees in Addition to Business License Tax

 

The following business classifications require a seperate license, in addition to the Business License Taxes above.

Business Type License Fee
arrowAmusement Arcades $150.00 per year
arrowPeddler/ Solicitor* (taxable property) $25.00 per person, per year (not prorated)
arrowPeddler/ Solicitor* (no taxable property) $75.00 per person, per year (not prorated)
arrowVending Machine $15.00 per year
arrowLive Entertainment** $200.00 per year
arrowDance/ Dance Halls $200.00 per year, per location

*Police Department approval required before payment of taxes/ fees.

**Police Department approval required before issuance of license.

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Professional Business Type

The Professional Business Type, as listed in the Special Business Classificiations above and the Downtown Improvement District Assessment below, includes the following:

  • Accountant
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Appraiser
  • Architect
  • Assayer
  • Attorney
  • Auditor
  • Bacteriologist
  • Chemist
  • Chiropractor
  • Consultant
  • Dentist
  • Engineer
  • Entomologist
  • Esthetician
  • Geologist
  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Hypnotherapist
  • Oculist
  • Optician
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopath
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Social Worker
  • Stock & Bond Broker
  • Surgeon
  • Surveyor
  • Taxidermist
  • Veterinarian
 

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Apartments, Hotels and Motels

Please contact a Business License Representative at (619) 585-5624 or CVLicenses@chulavistaca.gov for current tax and fee schedules.

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DID Map

Downtown Improvement District (DID) Assessment

Business owners with a business address in the Downtown Improvement District (DID) are required to pay the DID assessment.  Home-based businesses in the DID area DO NOT pay the DID assessment.

arrow Professionals: $100.00

arrow All Other Business Classifications: $50.00 + $6.00 per employee

  (no charge for 1st employee)

arrow Maximum DID Assessment: $100.00

~ Downtown Improvement District (DID) Addresses ~

Addresses subject to the Downtown Improvement District (DID) Assessment are as follows:

  • 277 - 299 Alvarado Street (odd numbers only)
  • 250 - 399 Center Street
  • 200 - 399 Church Avenue
  • 400 - 450 Church Avenue (even numbers only)
  • 291 - 344 Davidson Street
  • 301 - 399 Del Mar Avenue (odd numbers only)
  • 260 - 350 E Street (even numbers only)
  • 265 - 399 F Street
  • 301 - 349 Fourth Avenue (odd numbers only)
  • 251 - 299 G Street (odd numbers only)
  • 280 - 298 G Street (even numbers only)
  • 300 - 309 G Street
  • 201 - 299 Garrett Avenue (odd numbers only)
  • 300 - 349 Garrett Avenue
  • 303 H Street (Gateway)
  • 333 H Street (Gateway)
  • 200 - 399 Landis Avenue
  • 250 - 399 Madrona Street
  • 300 - 314 Park Way
  • 200 - 499 Third Avenue

arrowView a map of the Downtown Improvement District (DID)

~ Downtown Improvement District (DID) Penalty ~

Delinquent DID Assessments are subject to a penalty of 10% of the Assessment plus 1.5% per month until the assessment is paid in full.

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Fire Code Inspection Operational Permit Fees

Your business may be subject to Fire Code Inspection Operational Permit Fees.  If applicable, these fees are due upon business license application and annual renewal.  Please contact the Fire Prevention Division for current fees applicable to your business at (619) 691-5055.

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Contact Us

If you have any Business License related questions please contact:

City of Chula Vista | Finance Department

(619) 585-5624

CVLicenses@chulavistaca.gov

City Of Chula Vista

 

 

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