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.
There are 3 steps to the online application / renewal process:
- Submit general information online.
- Pay fees online (credit card only).
- 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 (complete for each partner, corporate officer, and on-site manager).
|License / Permit||Investigation Time||Term||Initial Fee||Renewal Fee|
|Amusement Establishments||30 Days||Annual||$260|| $78
|Bingo License (PDF)||30 Days||Annual||$51||$51|
|Add Staff Worker (PDF)||30 Days||Per app||$21||$15|
|Carnival / Go-Cart Centers|
|Temporary||10 Days||5 days or less||$218||N/A|
|Permanent||30 Days||Annual||$218|| $36
|Dance License (PDF)|
|Class A (daily / nightly)||30 Days||Annual||$259||$77|
|Class B (3 days / nights in any calendar week)||30 Days||Annual||$259||$77|
|Class C (1 day / night only)||30 Days||1 day||$259||N/A|
|Class D (fraternal, social club, etc.)||30 Days||Annual||$259||$77|
|Dance License - Juvenile|
|Class A||30 Days||Annual||$259||$77|
|Class B||30 Days||1 day||$259||N/A|
|Entertainment License (PDF)
|Class I (professionals)||30 Days||Annual||$259||$77|
|Class II (topless entertainment)||30 Days||Annual||$259||$77|
|Class III (non-professional)||30 Days||Annual||$259||$77|
|Firearms Sales License (PDF)||30 Days||Annual||$457||$275|
|Holistic Health Practitioner||30 Days||1 time||$15||N/A|
|Junk Yards, Auto Wrecking Yards, and Non-Operating Vehicle Storage Yards (PDF)||30 Days||Annual||$273||$91|
|Secondhand Dealers (PDF)||30 Days||Annual||$480||$280|
|Solicitor's License (PDF)||30 Days||Biennial||$54||$24|
|Solicitor's ID Card (PDF)||30 Days||Biennial||$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.