FAQ Topic: Business License Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 … Continued

How do I contact the Business Tax Office?

The City of Santa Ana Business Tax Office is located at 20 Civic Center Plaza, First Floor City Hall Ross Annex. Parking is available in the Civic Center Plaza, off Santa Ana Blvd. between Ross Street and Flower Street. Parking fee is $2.00 per each half-hour. Office hours are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday … Continued

How do I apply for a City of Santa Ana business license?

Owners, partners, corporate officers or the authorized representatives of corporate officers may apply for a business license by coming in person to City Hall and obtaining and completing the appropriate application, or they may contact the business tax office by telephone to have the applications mailed, emailed, or faxed.

What is a Home Occupation Permit and who is required to have one?

Every business operating from residential premises within the City is required to obtain a Home Occupation Permit and comply with any and all applicable provisions of the City of Santa Ana Municipal Code relating to home-based businesses. Home businesses must apply for and receive an approved Home Occupation Permit before they apply and pay for … Continued

What is a Certificate of Occupancy and who is required to have one?

Every business, including temporary or itinerant businesses, operating from commercial premises within the City is required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for their commercial location and comply with any and all applicable provisions of the City of Santa Ana Municipal Code relating to Zoning and Building & Fire Safety. For information on Certificate of … Continued

Who is required to have a business license?

City law states that no person shall engage in business or transact and carry on a business, trade, profession, calling or occupation in the city without first having procured a license from the city to do so or without complying with any and all applicable provisions of the City of Santa Ana Municipal Code relating … Continued

What is a Business License?

A business license is an annual non-regulatory licensing fee levied by individual California cities and counties for the privilege of conducting business within a particular city or county jurisdiction. Business license fees are due and payable prior to commencing business within a particular city or county. The fees assessed are intended to raise revenue for … Continued

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