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 (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.