Business Licenses

Starting a Business in Citrus Heights

Step 1- Determine your Business Structure

For operating and business reporting purposes, it is important to determine if you will operate your business as a sole proprietor, partnership (2 or more owners), corporation (1 or more stockholders/officers), or some other form of business entity.

State of California Secretary of State’s Office, Business Entities: https://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/

Step 2- Find a Location for your Business and Contact Citrus Heights Planning Division

Find a Location for your Business and Contact Citrus Heights Planning Division 916-727-4740.

Before signing a building property lease or purchase agreement, contact the City of Citrus Heights Planning Division to determine the zoning of the site, and whether or not your type of business is a permitted use for that location.  In some cases, an additional permit may be required.

If you plan to operate your business out of your home, you will need to complete the Home Occupation Clearance portion of the Business License Application.

Step 3- Obtain Other Permits and Licenses

Building Permits:

If you intend to alter, remodel, relocate or install any structure, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical portions of the building, you will need to contact the Building Department  916-727-4760.

When a building has a change of use the Building Department may require a tenant improvement.

The Building Division may refer you to outside agencies such as:

Sign Permits:

Sign permits are required for any sign on the outside of the building including permanent and temporary signs or banners.  Planning Division approval is required along with Building Division approve for a sign permit to be issued. (Building Division approval not required for a Temporary Sign Permit)

Step 4- Register a Fictitious Business Name

If you create a name that is different than your own legal name, you will need to file a fictitious name with the Sacramento County Finance Department: http://www.finance.saccounty.net/Tax/Pages/FBNGeneral.aspx

Step 5- Tax Reporting

All businesses are required to file both state and federal tax returns.  Contact the California State Franchise Tax Board and the Internal Revenue Service to learn about specific requirements.

California State Franchise Tax Board: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/

Internal Revenue Service: https://www.irs.gov/

If you sell a product, you should contact the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to assist you in determining if a Seller’s Permit is needed.

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration: https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/taxes-and-fees/faqseller.htm

Step 6- Obtain a City of Citrus Heights Business License

The City of Citrus Heights Municipal Code requires that all businesses operating within the city limits must obtain a Business License .  The fee for a Business License is based on the type of business.  Businesses operating out of a residence are required to complete the Home Occupation Clearance form. It can take up to 60 days for the business license process, please provide all supporting information when applying this will help with the process.

Apply for Business Licenses or Renewals Online!

Now you can apply for, renew, and print your business license online! Click the link below to get started!

https://www.citizenserve.com/citrusheights