The City of Del Mar requires all businesses conducting “transactions and carrying on of business within the city” to obtain an annual business license. Home-based businesses and those that operate through a post office box are also required to obtain a business license. For information, please see the Business License frequently asked questions page and view this informational brochure on starting a business in Del Mar.

Notice: The issuance of a business license does not supersede the zoning, planning, or operating regulations found in the City of Del Mar Municipal Code (DMMC). Please check city regulations before applying for a business license. It is the business owner’s responsibility to obtain all required permits. Conducting business without the required permits may result in a citation and/or fine. Please contact City Hall for more information regarding applicable regulations.

Business License Application Form
Additional business related forms and applications are available in the Forms Center (Business Section).

Operations Permit
Phone Number
Massage and Holistic Health Practitioner
Use of Public Property
Community Services

For questions regarding planning or zoning regulations, contact the Planning Department at 858-755-9313.