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Business License & Tax

The Business License and Tax team administers business applications and accounts for all business operating in the City of Burbank, as well as issues garage sale permits for residents. We encourage customers to use our online services whenever possible.

All businesses located in Burbank, as well as businesses that come into Burbank to conduct business, are required to apply to the City of Burbank for a Business Tax Account. Certain types of business require an regulatory Business License. After submitting an initial application, you will receive further directions on whether your type of business requires a Business License.

A Home Occupation Permit is a special type of permit and Business Tax Account that allows residents to have an office type business in their home. Home Occupations may have employees, but employees may NOT physically report to or work out of the Home Occupation. See neighborhood compatibility rules (PDF).

A Regulatory Permit is a pemit for a short-term business activity, such as a Daily Peddler permit, Entertainment, a convention,  Itinerant Merchant ( someone who displays at a convention), or a Christmas tree lot. Applications for those permits may be found on the Business License Applications page.

Contractors not based in Burbank but working on a contruction project in Burbank pay Business Tax per job with issuance of the Building Permit. Download this application and return to the Building Permit counter via email to building@burbankca.gov or mail: P.O. Box 6459, Burbank, CA 91510-6459

The Community Services Building is currently open by appointment only. Social distancing and safety protocols apply. An appointment may be made to file a new application Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Payments may be dropped off between 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m and from 1:00 - 3:00 pm without an appointment. To make an appointment, please email cdd-license@burbankca.gov or contact the office at (818) 238-5280

Senate Bill No. 205 (PDF) (Hertzberg) passed October 2, 2019, requires businesses in certain industries to enroll with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program by providing specified information, under penalty of perjury, to the City. The bill requires the City to obtain this information prior to approving a new Business Tax or Business License application or renewing an existing Business Tax account or Business License. Upon request, the City transmits this information to the State Water Resources Control Board.

Business affected by this requirement need to complete a special compliance application (PDF) and return it to Building & Safety Division. 

Affected businesses should contact the State Water Board at stormwater@waterboards.ca.gov or 1-866-563-3107 for information on what type of permit is required and how to apply.  If a permit is required, the first step is to sign up for a SMARTS  user account  with the Water Board at https://smarts.waterboards.ca.gov/smarts/faces/SwSmartsLogin.xhtml

To help business owners comply with this new requirement, here are links to the regulations: 

The City of Burbank City Council adopted an Ordinance on March 30, 3021, to limit delivery fees and non-delivery related service fees that a third-party delivery platform may charge restaurants. The Ordinance goes into effect April 30, 2021.

The Ordinance (PDF) authorizes restaurants and delivery drivers to take private legal action against the companies for violation of the Ordinance. The Ordinance applies to all third-party food delivery businesses and platforms. The Ordinance is temporary and ends 90 days after the County’s Health Officer Orders and the State Orders allow indoor and outdoor dining at 100% capacity, unless terminated sooner or extended by the City Council.

Location, hours & contact info
Location
Building & Safety Division
Commmunity Services Building, First Floor
150 N. Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 6459
Burbank, CA 91510-6459