Step 1: Determine your business location
Selecting the right location for your business is crucial to your success. To insure that your business activity is allowed for the zoning or if there are any special parking considerations, it is highly suggested that you contact the City's Planning Division staff at (818) 597-7328 prior to signing any lease or rental agreement.
If your business is not permitted in the zoning district you have chosen, planners may advise you of the proper zoning district(s) for your business.
- Guide to Getting Your Business License
- Business Definitions
- Business License Application
- Business License Application Fees
Even though residents are allowed to conduct business out of their home, home occupation permits are issued as an ancillary use to the residence and are subject to the Home Occupation Guidelines.
Step 2: Determine a business name
If the name of your business is anything other than your own legal surname, California State law requires you to file a fictitious name statement to ensure the public knows whom they are conducting business. This needs to be filed with the Los Angeles County Clerk www.lavote.net/home/county-clerk or (562) 462-2177. You will also need to utilize a local paper of circulation such as The Acorn Newspaper www.theacorn.com or (818) 706-0266 (needs to be done once a week for 4 consecutive weeks).
Step 3: Determine whether you need a resale number
A resale number is a requirement for any one conducting business as a seller of tangible property. A resale number can be obtained through the State Board of Equalization at www.boe.ca.gov or (626) 480-7200.
Step 4: Determine whether your license requires additional permitting from outside agencies
Certain businesses require state, regional, and/or federal government agency permits or background checks. For a list of those businesses, please click on the related link:
Step 5: Apply for your business license
After you have obtained the required permits and have received the Planning Division's approval for your business location, you may apply for your business license.
New applications and annual renewals may be submitted on-line at https:bl.cityah.org
For licenses pertaining to taxi services, please contact the Planning Division at 818-597-7328.