Business Licenses and Permits

The following links will help ensure businesses are properly licensed, and, if needed, registered with the state.

Applying for a Business License

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration provides the details on what type of permits and licenses you may need, depending on the type of business. Visit the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration for more details.

Land Use, Zoning, and Entitlement Permits

If the business is operating in an unincorporated area, make sure you have the proper land use permits from the county’s Planning Department. Visit the Planning Department website for more details.

Building & Safety Permits

For building or renovation at a business location, make sure the proper permits from the county's Building and Safety Department are obtained. Visit the Building & Safety Department website for more details.

Transportation and Encroachment Permits

If a business plans to temporarily enter the public road right-of-way, obtain the proper permits from the Riverside County Transportation Department. Visit the Transportation Department website for more details.

Environmental Health Permits

Several types of businesses, including restaurants, body art and piercing shops, public pools, and mobile home parks, are required to obtain environmental health permits, renewed every one to three years depending on the type of business. Other businesses that use underground storage tanks, septic systems or wells may also require permits. Please visit the Environmental Health Department website for more information.

Specialty Permits

Specialty business licenses and permits are needed for massage services, bingo, fortune telling or sex-oriented businesses. Specialty permits for the referenced businesses must be obtained from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Visit the Sheriff's Department website for more information.

Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development is a resource to support businesses and contribute to the great quality of life in our communities. Services also include the film commission and foreign trade.