Interested in opening a business in Alhambra?
You will be required to have a City Business License and an Occupancy Permit to do any business or contractors work with in the City of Alhambra. Several other activities such as a landlord for a rental property will require a license as well. To find out what other activities would be included, please call (626) 570-5034. If you have questions regarding a current license, you can call (626) 570-5021 or visit the Alhambra city website.
What can you expect to find on the applications?
You will be required to fill out two applications when you apply for your license in Alhambra. First, you will fill out the business license application, or the Home Occupancy Permit application. Then the application for Certificate of Occupancy must be filled out. All of these forms must be completed and signed and returned to the Business License Section at 111 South First Street.
There are short applications that consist of detailing your business activities and naming your business. If you are applying for a business license, declaring your type of ownership, whether it is a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation, or an LLC for a commercial business license is a requirement. If you are applying for a Home Occupancy Permit, you must give the size in number of square feet of your home, and then the square footage of the space needed conduct your business. The application has attached two pages of sections of Chapter 23.58 which you must familiarize yourself with, in order that you do not violate any regulations and thereby have your Home Occupancy Permit revoked.
The Certificate of Occupancy is a requirement within the city limits, whether you are opening a home or business location. If you do not complete this application and return it to 111 South First Street, you will not be granted a business license. Conversely, you must also complete the business or home occupancy applications even after you have completed your Certificate of Occupancy. The Certificate of Occupancy will determine whether you need a building inspection, depending on the use of your business.
How is the application process completed?
When you have completed your applications, you will return them to the Development Services Department, where you will receive your receipt indicating what your required fees will be dependent upon which type of business you will be conducting. You will then bring your receipt and license applications to the Finance Department where you will be asked to pay all fees including your Business License Tax (which is based on gross receipts and/ or the type of business), your Occupancy Permit fee of $66.00. If your business is located inside the Assessment District, you will be required to pay an Assessment District fee.
There will be a fire department inspection fee of $101 an hour with a one hour minimum. If you need follow up inspections by the fire department, it will be $61 an hour. Call (626) 570-5181 to leave information needed to schedule your fire inspection. You will then schedule any additional inspections, such as vehicle and occupancy inspections. To schedule your occupancy inspection, you must call the Building Division at (626) 570-3240 after your building is completely set up for business. Once you are done with these fees and inspection scheduling, you will then return the validated copy of the Receipt Form to the Development Services Department.
If your business includes any food, affects public health or welfare (such as handling toxic substances) you will be required to obtain Health Department license. Call the Los Angeles County Health Department West Covina office at (626) 813-3379 to schedule an inspection of your building, equipment plans. Your facility must pass inspection before business commences.
Do you have other questions not answered here?
Contact the Alhambra City Hall at (625) 570-5007 or visit them in person at Alhambra City Hall, 111 South First Street Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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