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How do I apply for a Business License?
Please read these instructions carefully. Printable version of this page.
Agencies you may need to contact before opening your business:
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
16715 Von Karman Ave # 200, Irvine, 92606
Telephone (949) 440-3473
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00-5:00 p.m.
If your business involves selling a tangible product, you will need a resale number and reporting forms for sales tax.
BUSINESS NAME (DBA)
12 Civic Center Plaza, Bldg #12, Room 106, Santa Ana (corner of Civic Center and Broadway); telephone: (714) 834-2889 Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00-4:30 p.m.
the name with County Recorder
FEE: $23.00 It then must be published in a local newspaper for (4) weeks. These papers will also record at the same fee plus their (4) week publication fee.Local Newspapers:
Orange County News: (714) 894-2575
News Enterprise: (714) 527-8210
Garden Grove Journal: (714) 539-6018
Westminster Journal: (714) 895-3484
1241 E. Dyrer Rd., Santa Ana; telephone: (714) 433-6000
Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 p.m.
Need to contact if your business involves selling a food item.
600 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 300, Between Ross & Flower
Telephone: (800) 852-5711 Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 p.m.
1. INDIVIDUAL: At the end of your taxable year, you will report your business income on Schedule C of your 540 Income Tax return and file estimates (540ES) if you anticipate a tax of more than $100.00. CHECK WITH THE FRANCHISE TAX BOARD FOR YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
2. CORPORATION: You must file a Form 100 to report your income and file estimates. The minimum tax is $200.00 per year. CHECK WITH THE FRANCHISE TAX BOARD FOR YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
34 Civic Center Plaza, second floor, Santa Ana
Telephone: (800) 829-3676 Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00-4:30 P. M.If you have employees you will need to register as an employer and get a Federal Employer Number. You will need reporting forms for Social Security and Federal Income Tax withholding. Contact IRS regarding reporting your individual or corporation tax.
DEVELOPMENT DEPT - TAXES (EDD)
1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd. #200, Santa Ana; telephone: (714) 565-2610 Hours: Monday through Friday 8-5 p. m.If you have employees you will need to register as an employer and get a State Employer Number. You will need reporting forms for State Income Tax withholding, State Disability Insurance and Unemployment Insurance.
1750 E. 4th, Santa Ana (STATE FUND) or private insurance carrier
Telephone: (714) 565-5000 Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 P.M.
To protect employer against employee being injured on the job.
CITY OF CYPRESS BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATION
There are a number of ways to get a City of Cypress Business License:
1. Contact Denise Yarbrough, Senior Licensing Specialist, at 714 229-6712 and one can be mailed to you.
2. Visit City Hall at 5275 Orange Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630, and pick one up.
3. The business license application can also be completed on line, printed and signed.
If the business is located in the City of Cypress the application and all other necessary documents are required to be delived in person to:
Denise Yarbrough, Senior Licensing Specialist, 5275 Orange Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630
Mandatory fields on this form as they apply to your business:
Social Security Number and/or Federal number, Contractors Class, Contractors License, any state license, and resale number. If DBA, a copy of your filing must be submitted with the City of Cypress Business License Application.
On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a state fee of $1 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified.
“Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:
The Division of the State Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx
The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov
The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov.”