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Welcome to Riverside County!  Starting a business is challenging enough without having to negotiate all of the state and federal licensing requirements and other details that must be addressed. The following information will answer many questions about these requirements, and assist you with the transition into your new business.  

Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development is responsible for many of the programs that support businesses and contribute to the great quality of life in our communities. Services also include the film commission and foreign trade.

Business Registration

Click Here to Access Online Registration

Planning & Zoning Requirements

Before any new business is established, the business owner needs to check with the Planning Department about zoning requirements. Visit the Planning Department’s website

Fictitious Business Names

Contact the County Clerk to file a fictitious business name, at (951) 486-7000 or find the nearest office location.  

State law requires that within 30 days after a Fictitious Business Name Statement has been filed, the registrant shall publish a copy of the statement in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. A list is available on the clerk's website.

Business Personal Property Taxes

Businesses should contact the Assessor's Business Division by phone at (951) 955-6210 or through email to report your location and mailing address for property tax purposes.