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To authenticate the information provided in the license application.
Your license application will be rejected and you may reapply when you are ready to provide applicable requirements.
You will need all of the applicable requirements.
A business owner must be 18 years or older to apply.
We require time to process and cannot produce an immediate license certificate without first being processed and approved. When a license is approved, certificates are printed, sorted, and mailed in large batches rather than one at a time.
We do not have a paper applications. Our application is embedded online for efficiency purposes. If you are computer illiterate, you may have a family member or friend assist you in completing the online application.
Some confirmed businesses are fee exempt although they are not exempt from a business license.
Choose the business type that best fits your business, otherwise choose business services. Licensing staff will correct your business type to one that best fits your business operations.
Penalty of 25% of the license fee, plus 1.5% interest of the license fee per month.
If your business falls under category I-IV the license base fee is calculated by the annual gross receipt amount. *Flat rate fee schedule supersedes the gross receipt fee schedule.
An annual gross receipt amount is all of the businesses received or accrued yearly revenue. *Multiple location businesses are to provide the annual gross receipt amount for the location(s) within Murrieta city limits only. Businesses located outside of city limits who are conducting business within city limits are to provide the annual gross receipt amount for work conducted within Murrieta city limits only.
Based on when the business started in Murrieta, the license start date will be set to the true business start date. For example; if a business submits a license application 2 years after the business started, the license fees will include 2 years of license fees plus penalties and interest.
30 days after the license expiration date.
If your business does not fall under a flat rate, license fees are based on annual gross receipt income. View the Fee Schedule (PDF) for more information on fees.
There is a $10 fee if your license is between renewals. There is no fee if the change of address is submitted at the time of renewal.
You cannot use another businesses license, each entity is required to obtain their own license.
No, your Murrieta business license is only valid within Murrieta city limits; all municipalities have different fee schedules and a universal business license does not exist.
License certificates are only mailed.
License certificates are not available electronically and are printed/mailed by licensing staff.
Yes, we require proof of non-profit 501c3 approval.
If a businesses start date is years prior to submitting a business license application, the city will go back a maximum of 3 three years plus the current year totaling 4 years, applicable license fees will include interest and penalties.
You may search for a business by business name, business address, or business type using our online business search. *Results will include: business license #, business name, start date, expiration date, business address (excluding home occupations), phone number, and website address.
A business start date is the start of business (includes advertising) within Murrieta city limits.
Yes, regardless of how much business you have.
An account number is a business license number.
License (account) number can be found on the license certificate, in the emailed renewal notice, and on the renewal form.
The PIN number is provided in the emailed renewal reminder and fees due notice, the number does not change. You may have the PIN number emailed to you by clicking on "email my PIN" next to the PIN field.
Your business may receive a Code Enforcement citation for code violations such as but not limited to conducting business on an expired business license, not obtaining a business license, business license address is incorrect, etc.
Yes, write your Business License number in the memo of your check, complete the Renewal Worksheet, and mail it in with your check payment.
You do not have to wait for a reminder, licenses are automatically eligible to renew up to 90 days prior to the expiration date and within 12 months (online).
All licenses are eligible to renew online if: there is no Hold on the license, renewing up to 90 days prior to the expiration date, and renewing within 12 months after the license expiration date.
No, we process and collect fees for no more than one year ahead up to 90 days prior to the license expiration date.
We do not generate invoices for a business license.
Emailed renewal reminder notices are sent up to 3 months prior to the expiration month. If you require a paper notice, you may print the emailed reminder. *Licenses can be renewed up to 90 days prior to the expiration date without a reminder.
It is not necessary to request a renewal reminder notice; they are automatically distributed via email up to 3 months prior to the expiration month.
No, business owners will need to renew each year at the time of renewal.
Renewals can only be done online, by mail with a printout of the renewal notice email or paper notice, or in-person at the Finance Department (waiting periods may occur).
Only the businesses listed owners/officers can update the business license information.
EIN numbers cannot be updated. Closeout the existing license with the old EIN number and submit a new application with the new EIN number.
Submit an online closeout request.
Business licenses are non-transferable. The license will need to be closed (submit online closeout request) and a new online application completed by the new owner including the applicable requirements.
Submit an online change of address request.