Starting a Business in the City of Marina

The City of Marina welcomes you to its business community. Starting a business can be an exciting and challenging time. We wish you great success in your new venture!

The City of Marina requires a business license for all businesses operating in the City. A business license is required regardless of the trade, profession or occupation and regardless of whether the main business address is located within the City. Business licenses expire on June 30th of each year and must be renewed annually.

The easiest and fastest way to apply for a new business license or renew your current license is using the online filing service. To begin, simply click on the "start now" button located on the right of this page. From the main menu please select the "apply" option to submit a new application for your business. Alternatively, you may download a copy of the business license application directly from the helpful forms section of this website.

If you need further assistance or help applying for a business license, you are welcome to contact us at or by phone at (831) 233-6558. Office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What is a Business License?

A business license is an annual business tax for doing business within the City limits. The City of Marina Municipal Code (Section 5.08.010) requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the City, even if your business is located outside of the City limits or if you have a business license from another City or County.

Business license taxes and fees help pay for City services like roads, fire, police and other community services. These services benefit businesses, business owners, and the general public. Business licenses are renewed annually.

Are there any special requirements on where I can locate my business?

Yes, businesses operating from a location inside the City of Marina may require a review from the Planning / Community Development Department / Fire Department and/or other agencies. Before signing a lease for a new business location or relocating an existing business, please check with the City's Planning Department for zoning compatibility. Home occupations must also obtain approval from the Planning Department.

Commercial Businesses within city limits: Please check with the City's Planning Department to ensure the zoning and business activity are compatible.

Home-Based Businesses: A business license application is required for businesses which are operated out of a residential property. Home-based businesses typically involve home offices only, such as for phone calls, paper work, emails, filing and mailing. In addition, only members of the residence can participate in the operation of the home-based business. Clients cannot come on-site and business signage cannot be displayed on the property.

A City Business License and Home Occupation permit are required for all home-based business. Starting July 1, 2017, all annual businesses license taxes will be computed using your yearly gross receipts of your business.

NOTE: Please submit your Home Occupation application directly to the City's Planning Division located at 209 Cypress Ave, Marina, CA 93933. The current fee for a Home Occupation permit is $100 and payment will be required with your application. A copy of the application is available for download under the Helpful Forms section of this website.