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Please note - Beginning January 1, 2019, the City of Coronado will no longer have a Business Licenses Tax.  A minimal cost Business Certificate is used in lieu of a business tax program. The cost will be reduced to a $25 per year flat fee (plus a $4 State fee). The certificate and fees are required to be renewed by January 1st of each year. A full copy of Title 13 of the City’s Municipal Code is available on the City of Coronado website.

Title 13 regarding the payment of Business Certificate Fees applies broadly to all commercial activities occurring in the City of Coronado, including professions, trades and occupations; and including activities where the official address of the business is outside of the City of Coronado. Institutions or organizations that are managed or conducted wholly for the benefit of charitable purposes or from which no profit is derived, either directly or indirectly, are exempt from paying the business certificate fee. This exemption, however, does not extend to other regulations or ordinances of the City of Coronado.

You can apply for a Business Certificate online by clicking on the link above. Application forms and other related instructions are also found below. Most forms can be filled out online, printed for signature, and submitted for processing to the Administrative Services Department, located at Coronado City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, CA, 92118. Renewal information for your City of Coronado business certificate is mailed annually in December. Your certificate may be renewed in person at the City of Coronado City Hall or, in most cases, online through the City’s website.

For questions regarding completion of the Business Certificate forms, or to make payment, please contact the City Administrative Offices at (619) 522-7300.

An operations permit is required for those activities set forth in Title 20 of the City of Coronado Municipal Code. The described activities require regulation by the City to protect and promote the health, safety and public peace of the community.  A full list of activities that require an operations permit can be found in Title 20 of the Municipal Code. Fees may apply.

All new businesses doing business in the City of Coronado need to complete and submit a City of Coronado Business Application Form.

All Business Certificates are issued on an annual basis and expire on December 31 of the year in which the certification is issued. The fee is $25 per year, and is not pro-rated. 


California Government Code 4467 mandates the City collect a $4.00 fee on all applications for a business certificate or equivalent instrument or permit. Non-profit organizations are exempt from these City and state fees. You will be notified to renew your business certificate annually.

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:

The Division of the State Architect at

The Department of Rehabilitation at

The California Commission on Disability Access at

California Law requires that every person who regularly transacts a business for profit in the County of San Diego under a fictitious name must file a Fictitious Name Statement with the Recorder/County Clerk and publish it in a local publication. For more information, please contact the San Diego County Clerk at (619) 237-0502, or visit their website at:

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