The City of Montebello welcomes you to its business community. Starting a business can be exciting and challenging. We wish you great success in your new venture!
The City of Montebello requires all businesses operating within the City limits to obtain a business license and pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations.
IMPORTANT: If your business is located within the City of Montebello, you will need to schedule a fire inspection after submitting a business license application. To schedule an inspection, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (323) 887-4507.
The easiest and fastest way to apply for a new business license or renew your current license is using the online filing method. 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.
If you need further assistance applying for a business license, you are welcome to contact us at Montebello@hdlgov.com or by phone at (323) 248-8614. Phone support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST).
TOT LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) returns for lodging establishments can now be submitted online, by phone, and mail to simplify your quarterly reporting. To submit your TOT online, please click the “Start Now” button found on the right and select the “File and Pay TOT” option under TOT Remittance to begin your quarterly filing process.
For the privilege of occupancy in any “hotel”, each transient shall be subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the rent charged by the operator. This tax is due and payable to the City, on or before the 15th day of the month following the close of each calendar quarter.
If you need further assistance or help with filing your TOT return, you are welcome to contact us at MontebelloTOT@hdlgov.com or by phone at (323) 248-8614. All questions and applications are now processed online or over the phone.
TOT forms and payments may also be mailed to the address below. Please make checks payable to City of Montebello.
REMITTANCE MAILING ADDRESS:
City of Montebello
C/O HdL TOT Processing Center
8839 N. Cedar Ave. #212 • Fresno, CA 93720
What is a Business License?
A business license is an annual business tax for doing business within the City limits. The City of Montebello Municipal Code (Section 5.04.070) 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. Businesses that are based in the City must also have a business license. This includes home based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and non-profit businesses.(Section 5.04.070) 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. Businesses that are based in the City must also have a business license. This includes home based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and non-profit businesses.
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.
When should an application be submitted?
You are required to obtain a business license within 15 days of the commencement of business in the City of Montebello. Penalties will apply if applications are received after this 15-day period. Thereafter, business licenses renew every year on the anniversary of the date of issuance.
Where to Start
• If you prepare or sell food contact the Los Angeles County Health Dept.
• If using a fictitious name or dba, contact the Los Angeles County Clerks Office.
• If you buy or sell, tangible goods contact the State Board of Equalization.
• If you need an employer tax ID contact the I.R.S. and Franchise Tax Board.