Business & Professions Tax
Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 the Finance Department is available by phone appointments only until further notice.
(530) 542-6012 or (530) 542.6013. You can also email us at
**Please Note: All Business Licenses expire June 30. Business License Renewals are mailed out the end of May and are Due by July 1.**
If your business has been affected by the COVID-19 emergency as defined in the City’s Emergency Order No. 2, the due date for your 2020/21 business license renewal has been extended until September 1st, 2020. Penalties and interest will be applied to all delinquent accounts unpaid after September 30th, 2020.
Per City Code, Chapter 3.35 Tax Rates and Licensing, all businesses and professions that operate in the City of South Lake Tahoe must obtain a Business and Professions Tax Certificate (commonly called a Business License), which must be renewed annually.
The Business License fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. New businesses estimate their gross revenues from the business starting date to the end of the fiscal year in order to determine the tax due. Business License Renewal Forms (PDF) are mailed in May. The renewal process includes providing actual gross revenues for the previous year (12 months) and remitting the corresponding tax.
Tax rates are determined by the type of business and are specified on the Business License Application Form (PDF). If the business’s physical location is within the city limits, you will also need a Zoning/Building Clearance Form (PDF).
The Customer Service hours for Business Licenses and TOT are:
Counter - Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, by appointment - Friday 8:00am to 4:30 pm.
To request an appointment, please call us at (530)542-6012 or email