Starting a Business in the City of Artesia

The City of Artesia welcomes you to its business community. Starting a business can be exciting and challenging. We wish you success in your new venture!

The City of Artesia requires all businesses operation within the City limits, including property owners and independent contractors, to obtain a business license and to pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations.

The fastest way to apply for a business license is using the online filing method. To begin, simply click on the start now button located on the right of this page and select the apply option from the main menu. If your business is based in the City of Artesia, zoning clearance will also be required for your business. Alternatively, you may download a copy of the business license application and zoning approval forms directly from the helpful forms section of this website.

If you need further assistance or help applying for a business license, you are welcome to contact us at or by phone at (562) 222-8742. All questions and applications are now processed on-line or over the phone.

What is a Business License?

A business license is an annual tax for doing business within the city limits of Artesia. The City of Artesia Municipal Code requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the City, even if your business is located outside of the city limits or if you have a business license from another city. Any business based in the City must have a license as well. This includes home based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and non-profit businesses.

Business license fees help pay for City services like roads, fire, police and other community services. These services benefit businesses, business owners, and the general public.

Are there any restrictions on where I do business?

Every business operating from a location inside the City of Artesia must meet zoning requirements to ensure that the business activity and site are compatible. Please submit all zoning related documentation to the Business Support Center with your Business License Application. If you plan to conduct your business from a residence (home based business) located in the City you will also need to complete a Home Occupation form.

How long is a Business License valid?

A business license is normally good for a year and must be renewed every year depending on the expiration date of your current license. Most business licenses expire on December 31st and the City will mail each business a renewal notice; however, it is the business licensee's responsibility to renew on time. Penalties are assessed for delinquent accounts.

Can I get a copy of my Business License Certificate?

Any business with a valid Artesia Business License can request a copy or duplicate of their certificate at any time or for any reason. Simply email with your account number and request a duplicate copy. If you do not have your account number, please supply your Business Name, Address, and the Name of the Owner.

City of Artesia
C/O HdL Support Center
8839 N. Cedar Ave. #212 • Fresno, CA 93720