Regulatory Licenses

All persons engaged in any business activity that is regulated by the City of Poway must obtain and maintain a city regulatory license. In addition to the regulatory licenses, it may be necessary to obtain a Business Certificate.

Apply Online

There are 3 steps to the online application / renewal process:

  1. Submit general information online.
  2. Pay fees online (credit card only).
  3. Download required forms to submit in person. Original signatures are required.

Apply in Person

If you prefer not to apply / renew your regulatory license online, you may download the required form(s) below and submit them in person during normal business hours to the Customer Services Division located at City Hall.

Fees and Forms

The following list describes the fees for various regulatory licenses. Some licenses / permits will require the Miscellaneous Information Form (PDF) (complete for each partner, corporate officer, and on-site manager).

License / PermitInvestigation TimeTermInitial FeeRenewal Fee
Amusement Establishments30 DaysAnnual$260$78
Bingo License (PDF)30 DaysAnnual$51$51
Add Staff Worker (PDF)30 DaysPer app$21$15
Carnival / Go-Cart Centers
Temporary10 Days5 days or less$218N/A
Permanent30 DaysAnnual$218$36
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 A30 DaysAnnual$259$77
Class B30 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
Holistic Health Practitioner30 Days1 time$15N/A
Junk Yards, Auto Wrecking Yards, and Non-Operating Vehicle Storage Yards (PDF)30 DaysAnnual$273$91
Secondhand Dealers (PDF)30 DaysAnnual$480$280
Sidewalk Vendor's License (PDF)30 DaysAnnual$335$230
Solicitor's License (PDF)30 DaysBiennial$54$24
Solicitor's ID Card (PDF)30 DaysBiennial$50$20

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.