Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
The beautiful beach community of Santa Barbara is no small town. Because of its size and economic diversity, Santa Barbara has numerous business regulations. Unlike many cities, Santa Barbara categorizes businesses and charges different licensing fees and tax rates accordingly. Businesses must license under the correct category and in many cases, obtain a variety of additional licenses and permits – especially in businesses involving food or anything that can affect public health. Santa Barbara is known for its tourism, it also hosts a growing wine industry and some manufacturing. However, Santa Barbara is mostly known for its local small businesses and many food and retail establishments that benefit from tourism and the city's generally affluent community.