Are you opening a business in Montebello, California?
In most cases, anyone wishing to conduct any business in Montebello will need to obtain a business license certificate and an occupancy permit. If you are opening a new business, purchasing an established business, operating a business from your home, opening an office which offers services (lawyer, doctor etc), distributing items from a vehicle, or even operating a temporary business, you will need to procure a business license certificate and an occupancy permit. You can request the applications for your business license certificate and occupancy permit in person at the Montebello Business License Division at 1600 West Beverly Boulevard, or you can print them from the City of Montebello website. If you have questions or need assistance in completing your applications, you can contact the Business License Division by phone at (323) 887-1448.
Do you need zoning approval?
Yes.You should contact the Planning Division at (323) 887-1477 to determine if your proposed property falls into the appropriate zone. This should be done prior to entering into any real estate contracts.
What information will be required on your Montebello business license certificate and occupancy permit applications?
Your business license (tax) certificate application is a brief document that requests information specific to your business, such as your business name, the physical location of your business, your business mailing address, business phone, and email. You will give a detailed description of your business activities and indicate whether your business is a retail, wholesale, office, service, video/vending machine, industrial/manufacturing, or food service business. You will need to provide ownership type (corporation, LLC, partnership, sole owner, trust, non-profit or other) and depending on the type of ownership, you may need to provide federal and state tax ID numbers and a state license number.
All owners must be named, and their contact information, social security numbers, and valid driver's license information should be provided. If you are selling alcohol or tobacco you need to disclose it on your application. You will need to have an estimate of your gross receipts for a twelve month period, the number of employees you plan to hire, and/or the number of units you will be renting. Your signature on the business license (tax) certificate application denotes that you have read and agree to all the federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and codes concerning operating a business and that all the information that you provide on your application is true and complete to the best of your knowledge. A certificate of occupancy application is required by the fire department and must be completed in order to receive your business license certificate.
This application has thirty-four ‘yes or no’ answers where you will declare if you will be dealing with or creating potentially hazardous equipment or materials as part of your business activities. You will need to provide all business contact information, business owner contact information, and in addition, provide two emergency contacts and the name and contact information of the property owner. Attached to this application, there is an air quality permit checklist which will need to be completed and returned with your business license and occupancy permit applications. It will help to determine if you need to receive clearance from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Will you need any additional Montebello permits or Montebello licenses?
You may, depending on the type of Montebello business you plan to conduct. For example, if you plan to prepare food as part of your business, you will likely need to contact the County of Los Angeles Environmental Health Division and apply for a health permit. If your business includes serving or sales of alcohol, you will need to contact the Alcoholic Beverage Control division for information on a liquor license. If you are planning to operate your business from your home, you will need to fill out an application for a Home Occupation Permit. This application can be printed from the City of Montebello website, and it has information on restrictions and conditions relevant to using your home as a base for your business. You will need to contact the City of Montebello Finance Department at (323) 887-1448 to determine if you will need any additional permits, inspections, licenses or permits to commence your business activities.
What fees can you expect to incur?
Your fees will be based on your gross receipts and the type of business you plan to conduct. You will need to contact the Finance Department at (323) 887-1448 to discuss what fees your business will require.
How long will it take to receive your Montebello business license certificate?
It will take approximately thirty days to receive your Montebello business license certificate. The speed in which you move through the process will depend on you having all appropriate paperwork and applications completed, on passing inspections, and paying your business tax promptly.
Do you need more information?
If you need further information, you can contact the Finance Department at (323) 887-1448 or visit them in person at 1600 West Beverly Boulevard in Montebello. The City of Montebello website has useful information for starting a business as well.
Disclaimer: This site is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, financial or tax advise. The information on this site should not be relied upon as an official source of information and should be independently verified.