The City of Big Bear Lake is committed to attracting viable businesses and expanding the current business community by providing an easy and simple licensing process. The City of Big Bear Lake requires all persons who conduct any business, trade, profession, calling, or occupation in the City to obtain a license whether or not the physical address of the business is in or outside the City limits.

Active Business License Listing: 12/2023

Please note, This page is intended as a summary of the information you will need to know in order to operate a business within the City of Big Bear Lake. This guide is not all-inclusive. If you have questions, please contact the Business Licenses Division at (909) 866-5831 ext. 150.

Business License Requirements

  • Owners of businesses located within the City limits will need approval from our Planning Division. Planning will verify that the zoning of the property allows for the business in question.
  • Businesses must have a physical address, P.O. Box and mail collection services can only be used as mailing addresses.
  • Separate licenses must be obtained for each branch establishment or separate place of business.
  • Not all "At-home" businesses are allowed. You must apply for a Home Occupation Permit if you plan to operate out of your residence. Additional forms may be required depending on the nature of your proposed business.
  • Business licenses must be posted or exhibited in a conspicuous place at the business location.
  • After September 1st or before the end of each license year, all licensees shall remit the annual license renewal fee of $44.00.  The license year shall end on September 30th of each calendar year.


Get In Touch

39707 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
P.O. Box 10000
Mon.– Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
(909) 866-5831

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