Anyone conducting business in the City of Chula Vista must have a business license. A new business owner will need to fill out a business license application. Please note a street address of the business is necessary; a post office address alone cannot be used.
- Business Name (DBA filing for Fictitious Business Names)
- Business Location (Signed Lease Agreement for in-city commercial locations)
- Type of Business
- Number of Employees
- Business Owners Contact Information
- Taxpayer ID Number OR Owner's Social Security Number
- State License Number (contractor, physician, etc)
For information regarding required documents, visit our New Business Resources.
Note: Changes in ownership address or use require completion of a new application.
If your business is being conducted out of your home, a Home Occupation Permit is also required.
Additional Departmental Reviews and Approvals
Your business may also be subject to a Police Controlled License. Additional information can be accessed here.
Storm Water Program
Storm Water Industrial Permit (SB205) Notice
Starting January 1st, 2020, a person conducting a business operation that is subject to the State Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP), 2014-0057-DWQ, shall demonstrate enrollment when applying for an initial business license or business license renewal. Business operations subject to the IGP can be found here.
Enrollment under the IGP is demonstrated by providing the State Permit Number (WDID, WDID Application, NEC, or NONA). Facilities that are subject to the requirements of the IGP file a Notice of Intent, obtain a WDID or WDID Application #, prepare a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, and perform monitoring during the wet season. Those who qualify for an exemption from the IGP still need to file and obtain a Storm Water Permit Number (i.e., NEC or NONA).
For more information regarding the State Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP), visit the California State Water Resource Control Board.
The City requires that the following mobile businesses complete a Storm Water Questionnaire and Certification Statement:
- Auto Repair, Detailing and Washing
- Carpet, Drape, or Furniture Cleaning
- Fire Equipment and Sprinkler Maintenance
- Food Trucks
- Pest Control Services
- Pet Grooming
- Portable Grooming
- Portable Sanitary Services, including Plumbing
- Power Washing Services
- Pool, Spa, and Fountain Maintenance
- Any mobile construction business (e.g. cement work, masonry, painting and coating)
- Any mobile business that utilizes water
If you would like to license one of the above business types, please visit our Storm Water webpage or contact the Storm Water section at (619)397-6111.
Disability Access (SB1186) Notice
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies: