Quick access to the tools you need to keep your business moving forward.

Common services

Get a business license

Apply and pay online for a Santa Ana business license.

Start a business

Learn about the ten key steps to starting your business.

Development regulations

Learn about the City's design guidelines and development standards.

Do business with the City

Register as a vendor and find open bid opportunities to work with the City.

Commercial cannabis

Learn about the cannabis ordinance and apply for a commercial cannabis permit.

Programs to help your business thrive

The Port of Long Beach operates Foreign Trade Zone 50, covering Orange County, western San Bernardino County and most of Los Angeles County. Qualifying businesses in FTZ-50 can reduce costs by deferring, reducing and potentially eliminating customs duties.

Whether you are a job seeker looking to find work or transition careers, a youth looking to thrive in the workforce, or a business looking to build a strong workforce to support your growth —the WORK Center is here to help.

The Vehicle Incentive Program provides a $500 rebate to Santa Ana residents or businesses who purchases a new or pre-owned car or truck from a franchised Santa Ana auto dealer.

The Downtown Business Improvement District provides the Downtown business community with funding to promote the Downtown through events and advertising pieces, increase the security presence, enhance maintenance of the Downtown shopping corridors, and implement street improvement to the area.

The Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone (OCRMDZ) is an economic development program that utilizes the growing supply of recyclable materials to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills.

This program awards fund to eligible property owners to facilitate commercial revitalization, stimulate private investment, preserve and beautify our commercial corridors, and generate shopping and a pleasant walking environment by improving the visual aesthetics of commercial building facades.

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