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Police Regulated Business Activities

Certain types of business activities are regulated by the San Diego Police Department and require a Police Permit. Effective July 1, 2015, the City of San Diego's Police Regulated Permitting Application process has been administered by the Office of the City Treasurer. However, regulation and enforcement continue to be performed by SDPD.

In an abundance of caution and to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, effective immediately, the Office of the City Treasurer payment lobbies located at 1200 Third Ave, Suite 100 and Plaza Hall 202 C St., are closed.

On April 14, 2020, City Council passed an emergency ordinance which defers Police Permit renewal payments for up to 120 days and automatically renews permits for the duration of the deferment period. The 120-day deferment period applies to permits that expire April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

New/Renewal permit applications may now be submitted online. Please refer to the updated Online Registration and Renewal process below for additional information.

If you prefer to submit your application packet via mail, you may send to:

Office of the City Treasurer
Police Permits
PO Box 122289
San Diego, CA 92112-2289

For questions and more information, contact the Business Tax Program via email at TRSPDPermits@sandiego.gov or via telephone at 619-615-1500 (select Option #0 to speak to a Representative).

PD Regulated Business Permits - Fees and Forms

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Online Registration New/Renewal Applicants

Police Regulated Businesses are now permitted to submit New/Renewal applications electronically. However, applicants will not be permitted to make an online payment until a completed application and required industry documentation have been submitted. Application packets should be submitted via email at TRSDPDPermits@sandiego.gov or via fax at 619-533-3272.

To obtain a New/Renewal police permit application for a particular industry, please visit https://www.sandiego.gov/treasurer/taxesfees/pdpermits/requirements

New Applicants: If you are submitting a permit application for the first time and your industry requires an in-office Photo ID and electronic thumbprint/signature, you may begin the application process by submitting the application packet via email or fax. Once we have confirmed a completed application has been submitted, you will be granted access to make an online payment. Upon confirmation of payment, we will contact you to schedule an office appointment to complete the final requirements.

If your industry does not require an in-office Photo ID and electronic thumbprint/signature, you will be granted access to make an online payment once we have confirmed a completed application has been submitted. No appointment will be required for any portion of the application process.

Renewal Applicants: The annual in-office Photo ID requirement, which was previously required for certain renewal permits, has been temporarily waived. Therefore, you will only need to submit a completed renewal application and required industry documentation (if applicable) before you are granted access to make an online payment.

If your industry does not require an annual in-office Photo ID, you will be granted access to make an online payment once we have confirmed a completed application has been submitted. No appointment will be required for any portion of the application process.

For questions regarding the online application process or to schedule an appointment, contact the Business Tax Program via email at TRSDPDPermits@sandiego.gov or directly at 619-615-1500 (select Option #0 to speak to a Representative).

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