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The public counter is staffed from 7:30-12:30 Mon-Thur and 8-12:30 alternating Fridays.  Counter service after 12:30 by appointment only.

City of San Clemente Community Development
910 Calle Negocio
San Clemente, CA 92673




For Business License Questions (949) 361-6166

A Business License is required when you are conducting business and/or advertising your business in the City of San Clemente.  Once a completed application and payment are received, the application will be subject to City approvals which may take between 1-5 weeks. Business Licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance except for specialty licenses, which include one-day events and 90-day Out-of-Town Contractor licenses.

Before applying for a business license or leasing/purchasing a location, it is critical that you contact the Planning Division to confirm that your proposed business and location are consistent with the zoning of the property on which you plan to operate. Contact the Planning Division at (949) 361-6197 or visit Planning at the Community Development office located at 910 Calle Negocio #100, San Clemente, CA 92673. Planners are available to check the zoning of the property and can advise if your business can operate in the applicable zoning district. If your business is not permitted by the zoning district you have chosen, the planner can also advise you of the proper zoning district for your business.

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