California Business Licenses

We help you obtain and maintain licenses for your business or nonprofit nationwide

General California Guides & Resources

These guides provide detailed, step-by-step instructions for starting a business or nonprofit, registering with state authorities, and establishing a compliant organization.

Business Resources:

Construction License

Get your California construction licenses. Harbor Compliance assists with initial and renewal registrations in every state.

How to Form an LLC

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions to form a limited liability company in California. Do it yourself or purchase our formation service.

How to Incorporate

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate in California. Do it yourself or purchase our incorporation service.

Licensing Resources

California Business Licensing Guides and Information.

Start a Business

Total time, cost, and paperwork to start your business in California today! Our affordable formation services are state-specific.

Nonprofit Resources:

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

Total cost, time, and how to start a nonprofit in California. Instruction and services to assist with your non-profit formation.

Nonprofit Compliance

Comprehensive solutions (and free resources) to help manage your fundraising, tax exemption, license renewals, and other nonprofit compliance activities in California, and across the US.


California Business Licenses for Regulated Industries

Our licensing guides provide a wealth of information including requirements, filing instructions, fees, timelines to licensure, and more for a range of industries and activities.


California Corporate Filings

These web pages provide detailed information on state filings required to form an entity, register a name, gain authority to operate, maintain good standing, and more.


California Tax Filings

Find the information you need to register for state taxes or seek tax exemptions.


California State Licensing Agencies

Below is a listing of the state-level licensing agencies within California that a business should check for business license requirements.

  • Architects Board
  • Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
  • Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
  • Board of Accountancy
  • Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
  • Contractors State License Board
  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Real Estate
  • Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA)
  • Department of Consumer Affairs - Contractors State License Board
  • Department of Consumer Affairs - Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
  • Department of Industrial Relations - Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit
  • Department of Industrial Relations - Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • Department of Industrial Relations - Division of Workers' Compensation
  • Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch
  • Department of Tax and Fee Administration
  • Employment Development Department
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • Landscape Architects Technical Committee
  • Office of the Attorney General - Bureau of Gambling Control
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
  • State Board of Equalization
  • State Board of Pharmacy

California Local Business Licences

Below is a listing of the local jurisdictions within California that a business should check for local business license requirements.

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  • Sutter County
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  • Acton
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  • Anaheim
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  • Lafayette
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  • Thermal
  • Thornton
  • Thousand Oaks
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  • Three Rivers
  • Tipton
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  • Topanga
  • Torrance
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  • Trona
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  • Tujunga
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  • Tulelake
  • Tupman
  • Turlock
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  • Twin Peaks
  • Ukiah
  • Union City
  • Universal City
  • Upland
  • Upper Lake
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  • Valle Vista
  • Vallejo
  • Valley Center
  • Valley Springs
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  • Van Nuys
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  • Venice
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  • Vidal
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  • Vista
  • Wallace
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  • Walnut Creek
  • Warner Springs
  • Wasco
  • Washington
  • Waterford
  • Watsonville
  • Waukena
  • Weaverville
  • Weed
  • Weldon
  • Weott
  • West Carson
  • West Covina
  • West Hills
  • West Hollywood
  • West Point
  • West Rancho Dominguez
  • West Sacramento
  • Westlake Village
  • Westley
  • Westminster
  • Westmorland
  • Westwood
  • Wheatland
  • Whitethorn
  • Whittier
  • Wildomar
  • Williams
  • Willits
  • Willow Creek
  • Willowbrook
  • Willows
  • Wilmington
  • Wilton
  • Winchester
  • Windsor
  • Winnetka
  • Winterhaven
  • Winters
  • Woodacre
  • Woodbridge
  • Woodcrest
  • Woodlake
  • Woodland
  • Woodland Hills
  • Woodside
  • Wrightwood
  • Yermo
  • Yolo
  • Yorba Linda
  • Yosemite Lakes
  • Yosemite Valley
  • Yountville
  • Yreka
  • Yuba City
  • Yucaipa
  • Yucca Valley
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