Starting a Business in Monterey Park

Thank you for your interest in operating a business in the City of Monterey Park. The City is here to help you start, expand, or relocate your business to our community.

Our New Online Business Application process is designed to assist business owners with meeting all requirements to open and operate a new business in the City of Monterey Park. By completing the online application, staff from various City Departments will contact you if additional or clarifying information is needed. Please click the link below to begin your online application.


New Business Application Flowchart

Starting a Home Occupation Business

Home occupations are defined as businesses that operate out of the home and are restricted to office use only. Home-based businesses are regulated by the Monterey Park Municipal Code. For more information: Home Occupation Zoning Regulations (PDF)

To submit a Home Occupation application, please contact the Planning Division at (626) 307-1315 or


New Home Business Application

Short-Term Rental Permits

All short-term rental operators are required to obtain a permit from the City annually and pay transient occupancy taxes (TOT). This includes homes or other units, such as a garage apartment or backyard cottage, listed for rent on Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and similar websites.

A short-term rental means the use of a residential unit for its intended purpose for a tenancy of 30 or fewer consecutive calendar days for a fee. If your rental is rented for more than 30 days at a time but you are advertising your property as available to rent short-term (i.e. on a nightly basis), then you must still obtain a Short-Term Rental Permit.

Short-Term Rental Application

Film Permits

Applications for film permits in the City of Monterey Park are administered by Film LA, Inc. (external site).
For information about FilmLA's permit process: Film Permit Application Information Sheet (PDF)

If you need further assistance, please contact us at or by phone at (626) 307-1385 from Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm (PST).