Starting a Business in the City of Lynwood

The City of Lynwood 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 Lynwood requires all businesses operating within the City limits, including property owners, home based businesses, and all contractors, to obtain a business license and pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations.

The fastest way to apply for a business license is using the online filing method. To begin, simply click on the "start now" button located on the right of this page and select the "apply" option from the main menu. If your business is based in the City of Lynwood, an Occupational Use Permit must be approved prior to obtaining a business license. You may download a copy of the business license application and the Occupational Use Permit form 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 (310) 928-1639.

What is a Business License?

A business license is an annual tax for doing business within the city limits of Lynwood. The City of Lynwood Municipal Code requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the City even if your business is located OUTSIDE the city limits or you have a business license from another city. Any business based in the City must have a license as well. This includes home based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and non-profit businesses.

Business licenses fees help pay for city services like roads, fire, police and other community services. These services benefit businesses, business owners, and the general public.

Are there any restrictions on where I do business?

Yes, every business operating from a location inside the City of Lynwood will require a zoning review from the Planning Division. This is to ensure that the business activity and site location are compatible with the City's municipal code and zoning requirements. Businesses operating at residential (home based) location or at a commercial location in the City require review and approval from the Planning Department.