The City of Pacific Grove 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 Pacific Grove requires all businesses operating within the City limits to obtain a business license and pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations.
STEP 1: Obtain Zoning Clearance (required for businesses located inside the City)
Home-based and commercial businesses (with a Pacific Grove business address) are required to obtain Zoning Clearance from the Community Development Department. This step is not required for businesses which are headquartered outside the City but conduct business in the City of Pacific Grove.
STEP 2: Apply for a Business License
After you have obtained the Zoning Clearance and gathered all necessary documentation, you can then submit your business license application along with required documents 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 PacificGrovePS@hdlgov.com or by phone Toll-Free at (831) 920-3890. Phone support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST).
Filing & Paying Your Lodging Establishment TOT & HID
Transient Occupancy Tax and HID Assessment returns for Hotels, Motels, B&Bs, RV Parks or Vacation Rentals can be submitted via online, by phone, or by mail to simplify your monthly reporting. Filing by web is City preferred, however.
Please be aware: effective 7/1/2019, the TOT rate increased from 10% to 12%.
To submit your TOT online please click the “Start Now” button found on the right, and under TOT Remittance, select the “File and Pay TOT and/or HID” option to begin your monthly filing process.
Please direct any TOT/HID questions to PacificGrovePS@hdlgov.com , or call the TOT Processing Center at (831) 233-6559. Phone support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST).