Business License

A business license is required to conduct any type of business in the City of Downey, including home occupation, temporary activities and contractors with offices outside of Downey.  Prior to signing a lease or purchasing property, be sure to call the Planning Division at (562) 904-7154 to verify your business is permitted at the location.  

Go Green: Register for a new business online!

The City of Downey is proud to announce that starting in 2014 you can apply for a new business license online.  It is fast, easy and secure.  

Click here to be connected to the online application page


Business license applications are also accepted in person at: 

Downey City Hall
1st Floor - Planning Division
11111 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241
Hours: M-F 7:30am-5:30pm

Please click here to obtain a copy of the application.

Be advised that there is a non-refundable business license application fee of $31.00 is required for all new (online and paper) business license applications.  For questions regarding new business license applications please email:


Renew business registration online!

It is fast, easy and secure to renew your business registration online. All you need is your Account Number and PIN, both are shown on your renewal notice.  Click here to be connected to the online application page.

For questions regarding renewing your business license applications please email:


Business Search!

To search for a licensed business by name or address, or to check the status of a business license, please click here for the business search page.

For general questions regarding business licenses, please email: or call (562) 904-7246.

Privacy Policy:

When you pay your business registration renewal with the City of Downey, we request your name, billing address, credit card number and expiration date, and email address. We consider this information to be private, and we keep this information on a secure server to protect you from outside parties. We use the information only for the limited purpose of processing your payment, administering our site, and notifying you of your business registration that may be of interest to you. We do not share your private information with anyone. We do not refund the business registration