Regulatory Licenses

Apply for A Regulatory License

  1. City of Poway Online Services Website

    Use City of Poway Online Services to apply for:

    • Regulatory Licenses

Businesses or persons conducting certain types of specialized business activities may need to apply for a Regulatory License. This application and fee are in addition to the business certificate registration fee.  A review by the County of San Diego Sheriff Department will be required prior to approval of the application. Allow up to six weeks for processing.

 Some examples of activities requiring a regulatory license include:

  • Amusement establishments
  • Auction and auctioneers
  • Carnivals
  • Entertainment/Public Dance
  • Firearm sales
  • Secondhand dealers
  • Peddlers
  • Solicitors

Online Submissions are the fastest method to receive your Regulatory License, however you can apply in person or via mail with the forms below.  To submit in person or via mail:

  1. Complete the corresponding application.
  2. Pay Fees – Regulatory License for each applicant on all new regulatory licenses.
  3. Submit your fees and application in person at Customer Services located at City Hall at 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA. Or mail your information to City of Poway- Attention Regulatory Licenses at PO Box 789, Poway, CA  92074.

For new licenses or if you have questions on what permit and fees are required, please contact Customer Services:

Phone: (858) 668-4401

Email Customer Services

Miscellaneous Information Form

To be completed by each Partner, Corporate Officer, and On-Site Manager.

License / Permit
Investigation Time
Initial Fee
Renewal Fee
State of CA Disability Access & Education Fee*
Amusement Establishments
30 Days

Bingo Licenses

  Bingo License (PDF)30 DaysAnnual$50$50  $4
30 DaysPer app$21$15

Carnival / Go-Cart Centers

10 Days5 days or less$217N/A
30 DaysAnnual$217$35

Dance License (PDF)

  Class A (daily / nightly)
30 DaysAnnual$259$77
  Class B (3 days / nights in any calendar week)
30 DaysAnnual$259$77
  Class C (1 day / night only)
30 Days1 day$259N/A
  Class D (fraternal, social club, etc.)
30 DaysAnnual$259$77
  Dance License - Juvenile
  Class A
30 DaysAnnual$259$77
  Class B
30 Days1 day$259N/A

Entertainment License (PDF)

  Class I (professionals)
30 DaysAnnual$259$77
  Class II (topless entertainment)
30 DaysAnnual$259$77
  Class III (non-professional)
30 DaysAnnual$259$77

Firearms Sales License (PDF)

30 DaysAnnual$457$275

Secondhand Dealers (PDF)

30 DaysAnnual$480$280

Sidewalk Vendor's License (PDF)

30 DaysAnnual$331$226$4

Solicitor's License - including food trucks (PDF)

30 DaysBiennial$50$20$4
30 DaysBiennial$50$20

Vehicle Storage/Auto Wrecking Yard/Junkyard

30 DaysAnnual$273$91

*As of January 1, 2018, a $4 State Disability Access and Education Fee is included in the fees above for all applicable initial and renewal fees for regulatory licenses.