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How can I obtain information on a business license to do business in Santa Ana?

The Business Tax staff can verify if a business has an active business license as well as the business name, type of license, business start date, business telephone number and location over the telephone (due to legal restrictions additional information may not be provided). Requests for additional information must be made in writing. The City of Santa Ana charges a fee of $14.42 per uncertified written verification. A certified copy may be requested for $22.56. Written requests must specify the intended purpose for the inquiry of the information (i.e., small claims court filing, loan application verification, etc.). Mail written requests to: City of Santa Ana Business Tax Office (M 15), P.O. Box 1964, Santa Ana, CA 92702. Enclose a check or money order payable to the City of Santa Ana.

You may also research a business’ report with the Better Business Bureau. To learn about consumer rights, visit the Department of Consumer Affairs.

How do I start a business? What to know before you apply

The details of your business operation will determine the type of Federal, State, County and City licenses, permits, certificates and approvals you will require prior to commencing business. Information on these various requirements are provided below with appropriate internet links.

For additional information about City of Santa Ana business licensing requirements, contact the Business Tax Office at (714) 647-5447. To inquire about City of Santa Ana zoning requirements for the type of business and its planned location, contact the Planning & Building Agency by phone at (714) 647-5804 or by email at

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