City License Inspectors visit commercial locations to ensure compliance with the City's Municipal Code Chapter 5.04, which requires anyone conducting business in the City to have a current business license. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure all businesses have a current Business Tax Certificate and to notify new businesses of the requirement.
The on-site inspections include all commercial locations and often involve personal visits to businesses that do not appear in the City’s database of registered businesses. On average, 90% of the businesses contacted are already in compliance with City ordinances. We invite Property Management Companies with properties in Newport Beach and executive offices in the City to share in a cooperative program with the City of Newport Beach. By providing a list of tenants to the City, the License Inspectors can verify license status in City Hall rather than conducting disruptive suite-to-suite visits in which 90% of those contacted are already licensed. The Inspectors will send notices via US Mail to those identified as not having a license in lieu of making the company obtain a license on the spot.
To assist your clients in complying with City requirements, you may register for the TRIP program by emailing the Business License Section at RevenueHelp@newportbeachca.gov or by calling 949-644-3148 to register.
A formal requisition letter [PDF] with details of the program is available.