Business Tax/Rental Unit Business Tax
The Office of City Treasurer's Business Tax Program is charged with administering the City's collection and enforcement of Business and Rental Unit Business Tax revenue. Revenue raised goes to the City's General Fund, which provides Police and Fire protection, street maintenance, libraries, parks and other city services.
All businesses operating in the City of San Diego are required to obtain a Business Tax Certificate. This includes home-based businesses, self-employed persons and independent contractors. Rental Unit Business Tax is imposed annually upon anyone who owns, operates, or manages the rental of residential real estate located within the City of San Diego.
Certain types of business activities are required to obtain a Police Permit. Effective July 1, 2015, the Office of the City Treasurer administers the application and photo ID process for Police Regulated business activities.
Click on the following link for additional information.
Business Tax Information
- Business Tax Payments
- Business Tax Frequently Asked Questions
- Business Tax Rates and Fees
- Apply for a Business Tax Certificate
- List of Registered Businesses
- Business Tax Exemptions
- Business Tax Compliance Program
- Contact the Business Tax Program
- 10 Steps to Starting a Business
- Electronic Billing Registration
- Municipal Code Sections
Rental Unit Business Tax Information
Additional Information and Resources
- OpenCounter™ online business portal
- Helpful Business Resources
- County Homeowner Exemption
- Business Improvement District
- City Zoning Information
- City Fire Inspection and Permit
For questions and concerns, call (619) 615-1500 or email [email protected].