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821 Pine Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone Numbers
Business Licenses:
(805) 237-3999
Utility Billing:
(805) 237-3996
(805) 237-6565 FAX
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Business Licenses

Administrative Services


The information below is intended to be general in nature and will not cover all situations and/or requirements. If your questions are not answered within these pages, please contact the Administrative Services Department at 821 Pine Street, or call (805) 237-3999.

A business license is required for all business transacted in the City, unless specifically exempted by the Paso Robles Municipal Code. It is unlawful for any person to commence, transact, engage in or carry on any business in the city without first having procured a license from the City and complying with the other related or relevant laws of the City.

The Department of Administrative Services is responsible for providing service to the general public, business license applicants and each existing licensee. Our objective is to assist each business in obtaining the proper business license and/or permit and to ensure proper compliance to the business license code for all businesses transacting business within the City.

Attention Business Owners:
Requirements for a City of Paso Robles Massage License (April 29, 2014)
NOTE: If your business does not provide massage services, this letter does not affect you.


After you have completed the application, return it by mail, fax, or in person to 821 Pine Street, Suite A. Staff will then determine whether there are other permits or requirements (see below) in addition to the Business License Fee.

Other Permits/Requirements

For businesses with a physical location in the City limits, the Planning Division of Community Development will review the business location for zoning compliance, inspection and other regulatory requirements before a license can be issued. A post office box is not accepted as a business location. See also Home Occupation Permit (Planning).


The license fee is based upon the type of business you are conducting and the permanent, physical location of that business. Licenses are issued for a one-year period beginning July 1 and expiring June 30 each year. The fees for new businesses are prorated according to the quarter in which the business opens.

If your business location is inside the City of Paso Robles your fee will be invoiced after the location is approved by the City’s planning department. If your business is located outside the City limits and you will be providing a sales or service inside the City limits, please call (805) 237-3999 for your license fee.

The Business Improvement Area ("BIA") was established in 1972 by Ordinance 337 N.S. for the purpose of generating revenues to be used to promote those businesses located within the boundaries of the district, which is the downtown core area. A fifty-percent increase is assessed to the business license fee of each business within the area. Those businesses located within the boundaries of the BIA which are exempt from paying a business license fee are assessed a levy of $135.00 per year.

Renewal statements are mailed approximately mid-June each year and are due by July 31st. If payment for your business license renewal is received or postmarked by the 10th of July, a 10% discount may be taken. Penalties are assessed if payment is not received by July 31st.

Massage Businesses and Establishments Annual Fee Schedule

Resolution 13-104. Approving a fee schedule for massage businesses and establishments to recoup a portion of the costs associated with processing business license applications and making periodic inspections of massage establishments. Adopted August 6, 2013. Also see Massage Ordinance below.

Related Ordinances

From the City Municipal Code

Business License Tax (Title 5.04)
Transient Occupancy Tax (Chapter 5.06)
Card and Billiard Rooms (Chapter 5.08)
Solicitors Permits (Chapter 5.36)
Massage Businesses and Establishments (Chapter 5.38)

Related Resources

Fictitious Business Name:
County Clerk’s Office
6565 Capistrano Avenue
2nd Floor, Atascadero Library
Atascadero, CA 93422
Phone: 805-461-6041
Fax: 805-461-6159

Health Permit
Environmental Health
2191 Johnson Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone 781-5544

State Contractor’s License
3220 South Higuera Street, Suite 304
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone 549-3166

Seller’s Permit and/or Sales Tax Information
State Board of Equalization
4820 McGrath Street, Suite 260
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone 1-800-400-7115

Federal Employer Identification Number and/or tax information
Internal Revenue Service (IRS )
2801 Santa Maria Way
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone 1-800-829-1040

State of California Employee-related Items
including State Income Tax, Unemployment & Disability
Employment Development Department (EDD)
2800 Buena Vista Drive, Building 4000
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone 238-4847/238-4964

For FREE Payroll Tax Seminars, visit: 

For local business information and events, visit The Paso Robles Main Street Association or the Chamber of Commerce.

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