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The City of Newport Beach (City) Municipal Code provides that every business operating in the city is required to file a Business License Tax application prior to the start of business and pay the annual tax each year thereafter. This ordinance applies to businesses operating at a commercial or residential location within the city, or any business using an address in Newport Beach or a Post Office box for receiving mail. Businesses based outside of the Newport Beach who are conducting activity in the city (for example, contractors, consultants, and landscape maintenance companies) must also file an application. Exemptions may apply to charitable and non-profit organizations and to disabled veterans.

Business License Tax Rates

The City Business License Tax is an annual tax, based on a fiscal year. It is renewable every 12 months. The business license tax is based on the location of where your business operates in the City. Every year in July, the business tax is adjusted to reflect inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The 2018-2019 tax year (effective 07/01/2018) rates are shown below.

Location Type Base Tax (Applies to All) STATE FEE † Amount per W2 Employee Max Tax
In-Town Commercial *  
Collects Sales Tax $177  $4 $9 $887
No Sales Tax Collected $177  $4 $18 $1,773
Residential $168  $4 N/A N/A
Out of Town Based $266  $4 N/A N/A
Post Office Box / CMRA** $177  $4 N/A N/A

State Contractors (CSLB) with

seller's  permit

 $168  $4  $9  $262

State Contractors (CSLB) without

seller's permit

 $168  $4  $18  $259
 Note: These rates are valid through June 30, 2019.      


* Includes executive suites/virtual offices

**Commercial mail receiving agency (The UPS Store, Mailboxes Etc., FedEx Kinko's, etc.)

† Governor Brown signed into law AB 1379, which adds a state fee of $4 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified. 

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

  • The Division of the State Architect at
  • The Department of Rehabilitation at
  • The California commission on Disability Access at

Certain types of businesses, in addition to the filing of and payment for the annual business license tax, must also be licensed or permitted by the city.

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