OBTAINING A BUSINESS LICENSE
Other Things You May Need: Frequently Asked Questions:
Conditional Use Permit—required by the Do I need to display my business license?
Planning Dept. for some businesses such as Yes, a business license must be posted in a
live entertainment, schools, internet cafes, conspicuous place. (FVMC 5.04.290)
alcohol sales. Call (714) 593-4425.
How often do I need to renew it?
Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)—
A business license is renewed annually. A
required by the Fire Dept if you handle or store
renewal will be sent approximately 45 days
hazardous material or waste. Call (916) 327-9559.
prior to expiration.
Fictitious Name—must be filed if you choose
a business name that does not include your I am moving to a new location in the City,
own last name. Contact the County Clerk’s
Office at (714) 834-2500, go online at www.
what do I do?
First verify with the Planning Department that
oc.ca.gov/recorder. the new location is properly zoned. Then contact
Seller’s Permit (Resale #)—required by Business License to change the address. A
the State Board of Equalization if you sell change fee of $25.00 applies.
merchandise. Call (949) 440-3473 or visit What if I stop doing business or move away?
Please notify the Business License Division to
Health Permit—required by the County Health terminate the license.
Dept for food handling, permanent make-up,
tattooing or body piercing. Call (714) 433-6000. Can I transfer my license to someone else?
No, a business license is non-transferable.
Federal Tax ID #—required if you have
employees. Contact your local insurance
agent, state fund or visit www.irs.gov.
Worker’s Compensation Insurance—required
if you have employees. Contact your local
insurance agent, state fund or visit
Liquor License—required by the State Dept.
of Alcoholic Beverage Control if you sell or Fountain Valley
serve alcohol. Contact (714) 558-4101 or visit A nice place to live and work.
City of Fountain Valley
Special Permits (FVMC 4.02.040)—required
10200 Slater Avenue
for certain types of business activities. Some
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
examples are Solicitors, Peddlers, Charitable
Solicitation, Massage Establishments,
Pawnbrokers, Secondhand Dealers, Alarm
Systems, Bingo Games, and Official Police Hours: Monday—Thursday 7 am—5 pm
Towing. Call (714) 593-4421 for information. Friday 8 am—5 pm, closed alternating Fridays.
Business License Application Process
1. All areas on the Business Tax application 6. Home Business Conditions
The City of Fountain Valley welcomes new pertaining to your business must be completed. Acknowledgement of the “Home Business
businesses and values the businesses that An application is available online and please Conditions” must accompany the Business
have made Fountain Valley their home. feel free to call (714) 593-4421 with any Tax application. If there are any questions
questions. regarding this form or it’s contents they should
Who needs a Business License? (www.fountainvalley.org/businesses/ be directed to the Planning Department at
All persons who operate a business or perform newbusiness/applications.php) (714) 593-4425. There is a one time Home
services in the City of Fountain Valley are Business permit charge of $35.00.
required to apply for a Business Tax Certificate 2. An “Application Processing Fee” of $35
(Business License) in addition to any zoning applies to ALL new Business Tax applications.
or other regulatory permits which may be 3. Fictitious Business Filing
required. (FVMC 5.04.080) If an in-town business is using a FICTITIOUS
What is the purpose of a Business License? BUSINESS NAME that does NOT include
the owner’s surname, you MUST FIRST file
To defray ongoing City costs associated with
for a Fictitious Business Name Statement
the support and maintenance for public safety
through the Orange County Clerk Recorder
services. (Fire, Police) 7. Fee Schedule (Call for Details (714) 593-4421)
or any local newspaper.
Must all businesses have a The Company, Owner or First Partner $50.00
Orange County Clerk Recorder
Business License? 12 Civic Center Plaza Room #101 (Contractors please use Quarterly Fee Schedule Below)
Yes, whether they are selling a product, providing Santa Ana, CA 92701 • First 1-9 Employees
(714) 834-2500 or
a service, or soliciting by phone or in person. www.OCRECORDER.COM
#Employees @ $4.25 ea
The only exceptions are those organizations • Next 10-40 Employees
exempted by the Internal Revenue Service and 4. Corporation/ LLC #Employees @ $3.00 ea
Franchise Tax Board. If a business is incorporated, a copy of • More than 1 Work Vehicle
# Vehicles @ $22.50 ea
the Articles of Incorporation/ LLC must
accompany the Business Tax application. • Vending/Coin Operated Machines
Please visit Fountain # Machines @ $12.00 ea
Valley’s website for 5. Seller’s Permit (State Board of Equalization) • Home Business Fee (if applicable) $35.00
Tools for Business
Irvine District Office • Application Processing Fee $35.00
16715 Von Karman Avenue
This website provides Irvine, CA 92606-4918 QUARTERLY CONTRACTOR FEE SCHEDULE
helpful resources to (949) 440-3473. Class 3 Month 6 Month 1 Year
start and run your
A&B $50.00 $85.00 $140.00
business effectively. If the business requires a Seller’s Permit, the
C $25.00 $43.00 $ 70.00
business address MUST match the address
C53 $50.00 $85.00 $140.00
registered to the Seller’s Permit. Please provide
www.fountainvalley.toolsforbusiness.info a copy of Seller’s Permit. Plus $4.25 per employee
Plus $22.50 in excess of 1 vehicle
Plus $35.00 processing fee