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Business & Economic Development


The city's economic development staff is working with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the Carlsbad Village Association to provide business-related COVID-19 updates here.

The Economic Development Division is here to serve and support the city’s business community. Whether you are a small business or our largest tech employer, the city wants to make sure your business thrives in Carlsbad. The city team is here to help with getting your business license, bidding on projects and contracts or meeting with our development services team about permits and processes. The Business Resources page helps provide an overview of all the services the city and region has to offer.

The Economic Development Services Guide provides a comprehensive look at how the city can help or connect you to resources that will support your success. Additionally, the Guide to Opening an Eating Establishment provides insight on where you can open an eating establishment in our city and how the process works. Useful information for food truck and sidewalk vendors can be found on our website as well. 

One of the City Council’s strategic focus areas is bringing quality jobs to the city in today’s globally competitive economy. If your business is struggling to recruit qualified talent to our exceptional community, check out the city’s talent attraction website, Carlsbad Life in Action which has information, resources and a media kit to help make sure you can get the skilled workforce you need to grow.


News Headlines

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Small Business Loans Extended

April 27, 2021 
The Carlsbad City Council approved revisions and the extension of terms for its COVID-19 small business loan program,...

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Purple Tier Rules in Effect

January 25, 2021 
The state has rescinded the regional stay at home order, meaning San Diego County is now back to the rules outlined in...

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New Rules in Effect

November 10, 2020 
As a result of increasing cases, today the state’s Health and Human Services Secretary announced that San Diego County...

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Rental Assistance Available

September 22, 2020 
San Diego County residents who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 could qualify for one-time assistance of up...

General Information

Business License 

Economic Development 
760-602-8560 Fax

1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Business Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.