What Is the Average Cost of a Business License in California?

The cost of a business license in California usually varies between $50 to $100, as of 2015. Business licenses are administered by cities, and costs are determined by each individual jurisdiction.

Additional fees may be required to list more than one owner for a business, as well as for registering a "fictitious business name," which is often required if the surname of one of the business owners is not used in the name of the company being registered. In some cities, the business license fee is determined by the number of workers a company employs, as well as other factors, such as the type of business. In addition to the standard business license, other permits may be required to open a business, including seller or permit fees, or certificates of occupancy.