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The California Government Online to Desktops (CalGOLD) database provides detailed information on the business permit, license and registration requirements from all levels of government.



Revenue Division City of Sacramento
915 I Street, Room 104
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 264-8500
(916) 264-5685


County of Sacramento Treasurer and Tax Collector
700 H Street, Room 1710
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 874-6733
www.co.sacramento.ca.us


The most common local, state, and federal government licensing and permit requirements to start a small business are the following:



Business License Requirements:
Local County Clerk Recorder's Office


Employer Identification Number:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)


State Identification Number:

California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Fictitious Name:
Local County Clerk Recorder's office
Sales Tax Information:
California Board of Equalization (BOE)
Workers' Compensation Insurance:
California Department of Industrial Relations
California Occupational Safety and Health Act (CALOSHA)
CALOSHA
Information on Patents and Trademarks:
US Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark office
California License Handbook:
<p>Provides brief description of state licensing requirements for the general legal forms of doing business in California, lists all state agencies, departments, offices and their divisions and branches administering licensing, permitting, certifying, registering or other regulatory oversight of a business activity, profession or vocation in California, and provides an index of business, vocational, or professional licenses, permits, or registrations required by the State of California, as well as a summary of business taxes that the State administers.



Office of Permit Assistance
California Trade and Commerce Agency
801 K Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-1295
(916) 322-5790
(916) 324-5068


County Clerk Recorder's Office
Business Filing & Registration
PO Box 53592
Norwalk, CA 90053-0592
(562) 462-2137
For Los Angeles County only:

if sending request by mail there is a $15.00 charge per name search. If consumers go into the office and performs their own search, there is no charge.



Consumers may contact the following entities if interested in starting or improving their own businesses. To form a corporation, a consumer must contact the California Secretary of State for incorporation information.


STATE:


Federal funds for minority and women businesses:
Los Angeles (310) 537-6677
San Diego (619) 543-5109

California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS)
Program of Civil Rights
1820 Alhambra Boulevard, ms-79
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 227-9599
www.dot.ca.gov


Provides informative recorded message to assist and disabled veterans; instructions for certification, and awarding of contracts.

California Department of General Services
Office of Small and Business
Certification and Resources
1531 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-5060
(800) 303-6600
www.dgs.ca.gov


Applicant screening, federal and state job tax credits, tax ID numbers

California Employment Development Department
800 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-0707


Promotes small business in California provides technical assistance, loans, proposals, provides referrals to development centers for small business, plus general information.




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