Businesses (Most Common Start-Up Requirements)
The Chamber of Commerce publishes a Small Business Start-Up Kit for California which can be ordered by calling (800) 331-8877.
California Chamber of Commerce
1215 K Street Suite #1400
P.O. Box 1736, Sacramento, CA 95812-1736
Sacramento, CA 95814-3953
The following web page includes information on the basic steps necessary to start a small business in California.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
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's Office):
Employer Identification Number (FEIN):
State Identification Number:
Fictitious Name (Local County Clerk's office):
Sales Tax Information:
Workers' Compensation Insurance:
California Occupational Safety and Health Act CAL/OSHA:
Information on Patents and Trademarks:
The California License Handbook is only available on-line. It provides brief descriptions of state licensing requirements for the general legal forms for doing business in California. Also 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. 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.
Information regarding Business licenses and permits are available at the CalGOLD web-site listed below: