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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 will be administered by the Office of the City Treasurer. However, regulation and enforcement will continue to be performed by San Diego Police. This change will apply to new permit applications submitted on or after July 1, 2015, and permits expiring as of Aug. 31, 2015. The new Police Permit registration and renewal location is:

Office of the City Treasurer
Civic Center Plaza
1200 Third Ave., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

For questions and more information, contact the Business Tax Program via email at [email protected] or via telephone at 619-615-1500.

PD Regulated Business Permits - Fees and Forms

PDF icon PD Regulated Business Permits - Frequently Asked Questions  


Online Registration and Renewal

Police Regulated Businesses are not permitted to register through the online registration system at this time. However, with the exception of industries requiring an annual in-office Photo ID, certain police-regulated industries may renew online provided all required industry documentation has been submitted. For a list of required documentation at time of renewal, visit the Police Department Regulated Business Permits - Fees and Forms page, and click on the corresponding renewal application packet.

If you would like to renew online, please provide your required industry documentation via email at [email protected] or via fax at 619-533-3272. A Business Tax Representative will contact you once we have confirmed you have submitted the required documentation. Should you have any questions regarding an industry's requirements, please contact us via email or directly at 619-615-1500.


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