Start a New Business

DMVA-15th-Street-SunsetWelcome to Del Mar, We're Here to Help!

The City of Del Mar appreciates the contributions businesses make to the economic and social vitality of our community. Your success is important to us. That’s why the City has dedicated members of its professional staff to support new, prospective and existing business owners. Del Mar’s Business Support Team can assist you with business license applications and renewals, answering questions on City codes and policies, securing permits for tenant improvements and, if necessary, making contact with outside agencies. Business Support Team members represent the City Manager's Office, Finance, Planning and Code Compliance Departments.

Business Licensing

city seal SQUAREAll businesses operating within the City of Del Mar, including home-based businesses, are required to have a business license. Licensing allows the City to maintain contact with business owners and to ensure that businesses operate in a manner consistent with City regulations.

Licenses are required for businesses that:

  • Have one or more locations within the City of Del Mar
  • Have a home-based location within the City of Del Mar (Fill out a Home Occupation form (PDF))
  • Have a business P. O. Box addressed within the City of Del Mar
  • Are located outside the City of Del Mar but do business within the City limits

Tenant Improvements

steel studsBefore you sign a lease or attempt to make physical improvements to the exterior or interior of a building, contact any member of the Business Support Team to schedule a consultation.  

For larger development projects or major renovations, contact the Business Support Team’s Planning Department Representative.

Del Mar Village Association

DMVA pine branchThe Del Mar Village Association is a nonprofit Main Street organization comprised of residents, business owners and commercial property owners. As the City’s partner, Del Mar Village Association is a valuable resource for new and existing businesses. In cooperation with the City, Del Mar Village Association supports businesses with information on local business issues, available buildings and suites, promotional opportunities, community data, downtown improvements, events, and networking opportunities.

Visit the Del Mar Village Association website
Email the Del Mar Village Association
Phone: 858-735-3650

About Del Mar

Camino del Mar sidewalkThe City of Del Mar is renowned as a walkable seaside village located 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. With a population of roughly 4,500 within its 2.1 square miles, Del Mar receives more than 2 million visitors annually, attracted by a unique lifestyle that’s enhanced with year-round temperatures averaging 72 degrees, the world-famous Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, San Diego County Fair, accessible beaches, award-winning cuisine and unique shopping opportunities.