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CITY OF COMPTON MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORM CEMENT SERVICES BUSINESS LICENSE DIVISION First Floor, City Hall 205 South Willowbrook Avenue Compton, California 90220 Main Line (310) 605 -5508 Direct Line (310) 761-1444 Fax Line (310) 761 -1456 www.comptoncity.org The City of Compton requires all persons (including corporations, partnerships and individuals) doing business within City limits, to obtain a business license. Persons without a business license may not lawfully engage in business. The license must be renewed annually. Businesses, professionals, and occupations that meet all qualifications and legal requirements are eligible to obtain a license upon application and payment of the license tax. Filing Procedure for New Businesses Step 1: City Based Businesses Per Compton Municipal Code Section 9-1.41 all businesses located within the City of Compton shall obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from the Planning Department. All new businesses located within the City of Compton need to begin the process by filling out a Certificate of Occupancy Application. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Planning Department at (310) 605 – 5532 or visiting the Planning Department’s webpage. Temporary Business License A temporary business license* may be requested, by the business owner, while in the process of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy. The following must be completed before the temporary business license is issued: Complete and turn in a completed Certificate of Occupancy Application, along with all required documentation, to the Planning Department. (Payment of the non-refundable application fee is required)** Complete and turn in a complete Business License Application, along with all required documentation, to the Business License Division. (Payment of the non-refundable business license fee is required) *An inspection by the Building & Safety Department ($120.00 Building Inspection Fee is Required) and Municipal Law Enforcement Services Department is required before a Temporary Business License is issued. The inspections will ensure the business is in compliance with the City of Compton Zoning Code and free of Health & Safety violations. All violations observed and noted by the inspectors/officers must be corrected before the Temporary Business License is issued. **Zoning and land use must be approved by the Planning Department prior to the issuance of the Temporary Business License. If a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is required, a Temporary Business License will not be issued until the final approval of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Non-City Based Businesses Non-City based businesses could be contractors, real estate agents, and other businesses that operate within the city but are not City-Based. These businesses do not need a Certificate of Occupancy and can immediately go to step 2. City of Compton Municipal Law Enforcement Services Department/ Business License Division Step 2: Obtain and complete a City Business License Application. All new businesses are required to provide some of the listed additional documentation before obtaining a business license. Please see list below of required documentation: Valid, unexpired photo identification Articles of Incorporation (Corporations) o Corporate Minutes or a Corporate Resolution to identify the corporate officers and signers of the corporation (Additional requirement) Articles of Organization and Statement of Information (Limited Liability Company) Partnership Agreement identifying partners and their authority (General Partnerships) o Fictitious Business Name Statement/DBA (Additional requirement for general partnerships) Fictitious Business Name Statement/DBA (If operating a business under name different than your own) o (Can be obtained through the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office (562) 462-2177 or the County the business is located in) 501(c)3 (Non-Profit Organizations) Los Angeles County Health Certificate (Food handling businesses) State Board of Equalization Seller’s Permit (If the business is selling tangible goods) State Board of Equalization Tobacco Permit (Only if business is selling tobacco products) Alcohol Beverage Control License (Only if business is selling alcoholic beverages) Department of Justice Second Hand Dealers License (Only if business are buying and selling secondhand goods) Additional license(s) and/or permits from the State of California or other agencies may be required from the business owner. Step 3: Pay the required business tax for your type of business to obtain a C ity Business License. A list of fees may be obtained by going to Section 9-2 of the Compton Municipal Code or the Business License Section of the City of Compton’s website. For more information regarding obtaining a City of Compton Business License; please contact the Business License Division. (Contact information listed below) The Business License Division is located at: 205 S. Willowbrook Ave., Compton, CA 90220 (First Floor) Main Line: (310) 761-1444 Fax Number: (310) 761-1456 Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday from 7:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. (Closed Friday) Page | 2
"Compton Business License Overview"