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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.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 The Office of the City Treasurer’s main lobby located at 1200 Third Ave will reopen for all walk-in payments.  Lobby hours for walk-in payments will be limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-1:00pm.  Registration of new Business Tax accounts, Cannabis Business Tax deposits, Delinquent Account payments, and renewals and new Police Business Permits will be administered via appointment only.

  • Business Tax and Police Business Permit appointments click here.
  • Cannabis Business Tax Deposits appointments email cannabistax@sandiego.gov or call 619-615-1580
  • Delinquent Account payment appointment call 619-744-3100

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

PDF icon PD Regulated Business Permits - Frequently Asked Questions  

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 TRSPDPermits@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

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.

To schedule an appointment for registration of a Business Tax or renewal or new Police Business Permits click here.