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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

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)


Information on Patents and Trademarks:

US Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark office

California License Handbook:

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.


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

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

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.

Small Business Helpline
(916) 327-4357
(800) 303-6600

Provides small business certification package, target area contract preference, enterprise zones, and contract regulations

Office of Small and Minority Business
1531 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814-2016
(916) 324-1295
(916) 322-5790
(916) 324-5068
(800) 303-6600

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

California Trade and Commerce Agency
801 K Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-1295

For Sacramento:

Provides a handbook on business and licensing based on factors. Business may qualify for funds, technical assistance, and services. May assist with relocation, site development, environmental issues, and problems with other state agencies based on qualifications.

California Trade and Commerce Agency
801 K Street, Suite1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-5790

California Film Commission
(800) 858-4749
Their goal is to retain and attract film production to the state.

Small Business Development Centers under the Trade and Commerce Agency
Sacramento (916)322-1394
Los Angeles (626)683-2619
SanDiego (619)645-2657
SanMateo (650)573-3880


Provides business (start-up) counseling, publications, various forms of financial ssistance, counseling, training, services and local assistance, for minorities, veterans, women business ownership, and procurement assistance.

U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
(800) 827-5722

U.S. Small Business Administration
501 I Street, Suite 12-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 930-2410
(800) 827-5722

Disaster loans:
(916) 566-7240

U.S. Small Business Administration District Field Offices
San Francisco (415) 744-6820
Fresno (559) 487-5791
Los Angeles (818) 552-3210
San Diego (619) 557-7252

Provides Federal program referrals:
Federal Information Center
(800) 688-9889
(800) 326-2996 (TDD/TTY)
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