The process typically takes 2-6 weeks for commercial in-city businesses. It can sometimes take longer depending on the type of business and/or if site inspections are necessary. Home occupation and out-of-city licenses typically take 1-2 weeks. Click here for applications.
Your license will be valid for 12 months from the projected business start date and will be mailed to you at the address that you provide.
Don't Forget to Check with Other Agencies
Contact information for county, state, and federal agencies is available in the New Businesses section of this website and on our brochure.
Drop It In the Mail
Most applications can be submitted by mail (except for home occupation businesses).
Our mailing address is:
City of La Mesa
Attn: Business Licensing
8130 Allison Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942