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Fee Structure

The Licensing Department shall be responsible for the receipt, review, control and processing of all Business Tax Certificate applications. As such, it shall be the first point of contact for a new or prospective business owner/operator.

Persons desiring to start a new business in the City of Hawthorne should obtain the information packet, applications and relevant fee information from this office. The following fees must be paid at the time the application is submitted:

One time Code Compliance Inspection fee $223.00

One time Application Fee $56.00

Annual Business Tax (Based on estimated annual Gross Receipts) $75.00 minimum

SB 1186 - On September 19th, 2012, the Governor signed into law, SB 1186 which imposes a $1.00 state fee on any applicant for a local business license or a renewal that is to be collected by cities.

The above fees apply to the majority of businesses locating in Hawthorne, however, there are certain types of businesses (for example, used car dealers or dine & dance restaurants) that require supplementary permits and the submission of additional documents, information, and applications. These businesses may also be subject to additional filing fees or an annual business tax that may be based on a flat rate or a formula type basis. The Licensing Department Staff will furnish the appropriate information relating to any special permits, licenses and/or fees that may be required.

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