California Business License

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General Business License Requirements for California.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in California.

California General Business Licenses

California Business License

Not required



General Business License licensure is not required on the State level in California.

Business licensing is conducted at the city level in California.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Local General Business Licenses

Alameda County Business License

Agency:Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector Office (CA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$20 registration fee + $4.00 CASP fee

Registration Renewal

Due:

Annually by January 1.

Chula Vista Business License

Agency:City of Chula Vista Finance Department (CA)
Fact Checked:9/12/19

Registration Renewal

Fact Checked:9/12/19

City of Arcadia Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on industry, specialty, number of vehicles, and/or number of employees.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on industry, specialty, number of vehicles, and/or number of employees.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

City of Hawthorne Out-of-City Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for a Business Tax Certificate/Permit

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

City of Irvine Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$4

Law:

Code of Ordinances Section 4-6-201

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$4

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

City of Oxnard Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Tax Certificate Application for Businesses Based Outside Oxnard City Limits

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Instructions:

A renewal form is mailed to licensees.

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

City of Palm Springs Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Tax Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on industry, specialty, number of vehicles, number of employees, and other factors.

Law:

Palm Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 3

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on industry, specialty, number of vehicles, number of employees, and other factors.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

City of Rialto Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Form

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on business classification.

Turnaround:

Three to four weeks.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on business classification.

Due:

Annually by December 31st for all business except contractors.

Contractor renewals are due one year from the date of issue.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

City of Richmond Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on number of employees.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

City of Riverside Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Tax Application

Agency Fee:

Variable based on number of employees working in Riverside.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable based on number of employees working in Riverside.

Due:

Annually on the last day of the month in which the license was issued.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

City of Ventura Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts and business type (retail, services, or warehousing).

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts and business type (retail, services, or warehousing).

Due:

Annually by June 30th.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

City of Visalia Business Tax Certificate

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Tax Application

Agency Fee:

$30.50 application fee; taxes are assessed based on industry and gross receipts.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Declaration of Gross Receipts

Instructions:

The Declaration of Gross Receipts form is mailed to license holders each March.

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by April 30th.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

City of West Sacramento Non-Local Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$77

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$77

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Long Beach Business License

Agency:City of Long Beach Business License Division (CA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal information and pin is sent via mail.

Due:

Annually

Los Angeles Business Registration

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/26/19

San Francisco Business Registration

Agency:City and County of San Francisco Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:6/23/20

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary and depend on your business activities and gross receipts or payroll expense. See the table on this page under the "How much does it cost to register?" section for details.

Fact Checked:6/23/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary and depend on your business activities and gross receipts or payroll expense for the previous fiscal year.

Due:

Registrations expire annually on June 30 but must be renewed by May 31.

Fact Checked:6/23/20

Santa Ana Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Tax Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on type of business.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Tax Bill

Instructions:

A bill will be mailed, or you can contact the Tax and License section at (714) 647-5447 to obtain a tax bill.

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on type of business.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

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