When would I need to apply for a Regulatory Permit?
In addition to a business license, certain types of businesses also require a regulatory business permit application with the appropriate fee. This application and fee is in addition to the business license. Review by the County of San Diego Sheriff Department will be required prior to approval of the application.
Some examples of Regulatory Permits include:
Auction and auctioneers
Circuses and carnivals
Entertainment/ Public Dance
Please contact the Finance department at (619)258-4100 ext. 146 or by e-mail to obtain the appropriate regulatory permit fee amount and regulatory permit application. Allow up to six weeks for processing.
A city business license application is required to be filed for a new business. The business license application fee is $85, which includes a $4 State fee for disability access (AB-1379). Once a business has a valid business license, the city will send an annual renewal notice to the business owner. A business license can be applied for online, in person or by mail by downloading the application and mailing the application with payment to City of Santee Attn: Finance Department 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA 92071
Please allow 2 weeks for your application to be processed if your business is based in the city. Businesses based outside of the city can be approved upon receipt of a complete application and fee. Business should not be conducted without an approved license.
How do I renew a business license?
Renewal notices are mailed on an on-going basis. Business licenses expire one (1) year from issuance. A business license can be renewed online, in person or by mail. If renewed by mail please submit the renewal remittance stub with payment and mail to City of Santee Attn: Finance Department 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA 92071.
How do I search for existing businesses in the City?
It is required to resubmit a city business license application for a change of address to an existing business, change of ownership, or a change of business name. There is a fee of $41 for a change of location for business licenses located in the city. The change of location is routed through the same approval process as a new business license.
I am doing work from my home; do I need a business license?
A city business license is required for any business conducted within a residential dwelling in Santee by the inhabitants of the dwelling. Home based businesses are regulated by Santee Municipal Code. The application fee for a home occupation business is $46, which includes a $4 State fee for disability access (AB-1379). The annual business license renewal fee is $33, which includes a $4 State fee for disability access (AB-1379). A home occupation license can be applied for online, in person or by mail. Mail the application and payment to City of Santee Attn: Finance Department 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA 92071. A Home Occupation Rules Sheetneeds to be submitted with the application. A Home Occupation Property Owner Authorization Form also needs to be submitted if the residence is being rented.
I misplaced my business license certificate, how can I get another one?
A copy of your business license certificate can be requested by mail to City of Santee Attn: Finance Department 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA 92071 or by e-mail. The cost for a paper copy is $4.
When are business license renewals due? Are there any penalties?
A business license expires one (1) year from issuance. Renewals are due on or before the expiration date. There is a 30 day grace period. Penalties are assessed each month the license is not renewed at $14.50 per month. Businesses located out of the city are exempt from late fees. Renewals can be paid online or by sending the remittance slip and payment to City of Santee Attn: Finance Department 10601 Magnolia Avenue Santee, CA 92071.