I want to open a business in Moreno Valley, California. Where do I start?
Anyone wishing to do business in Moreno Valley, California will need to apply for a business license, have zone approval and procure any additional permits or licenses from federal, state, and local entities before their business commences. You can obtain a business license application from City Hall at 14177 Frederick Street in Moreno Valley or you can print an application from the City of Moreno Valley website.
How do I receive zone approval?
You will need to contact the Planning Division at City Hall to determine if your proposed business is in the appropriate zone for your business activities. The Planning Division can be reached at (951) 413-3206. It is important that you contact the Planning Division prior to entering into any real estate contracts on a proposed location. If you have signed a lease and your business activities are not approved for the zone, you may be paying for a business property that you will be unable to use.
What information will I need to complete my Moreno Valley business license application?
For your Moreno Valley business license application, you will need some information specific to your business and some general information such as your business location, your ownership type (sole owner, part of a corporation, LLC, partnership, or trust), and business and owner contact information. Some of the information you will need to provide will be applicable to your business activities, such as if you have a health permit number, whether you have federal and state tax ID information, and other state license and permit numbers. The application requires your signature and date. By signing, you are agreeing to comply to all regulations, laws and ordinances associated with operating a Moreno Valley business. Your signature also denotes that all the information that you have provided is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge.
I plan to operate my Moreno Valley business from home. Do I still need a Moreno Valley business license?
Yes, you will still need to apply for and be issued a business license, but in addition, you will need to apply for a Home Occupation permit. You can print the Home Occupation permit application from the City of Moreno Valley website. The application requests information on the nature of your business, on how your home will be used as a base for your business, how much foot and vehicle traffic you will create, where you plan to store the goods and materials you produce, if you will be storing a vehicle used for your business, etc. You must submit a letter of approval from the owner of your property with your applications. With the application, there is a list of conditions of approval which apply to operating a business from home. You need to be familiar with these conditions and you must verify that you will be in compliance with them by signing your application.
What fees will I be expected to pay?
You can expect to pay no less than $57.00, which is the processing fee for a business license. There may be additional fees and taxes which will be calculated based on gross receipts, number of business vehicles, and tax rates. You will need to contact the business license office at (951) 413-3080 to discuss your business license fees.
Will I need additional Moreno Valley permits or Moreno Valley licenses?
Depending on the nature of your business, you may need additional permits and licenses. For instance, if you handle food, you will need permits and inspections from the Health Department. Additionally, Alcoholic Beverage Control will have to issue you a license if you plan to sell or serve alcohol at your place of business. You may need approval from the police department and/or fire department. You will need to contact the Moreno Valley business license office to determine if you will need any other permits or licenses, inspections, or approvals.
Who should I contact if I need more information?
If you have further questions, need help completing applications, or wish to gather more information, you can contact the Moreno Valley Business License Office at City Hall at 14177 Frederick Street in Moreno Valley. They can be reached via telephone at (951) 413-3080. The City of Moreno Valley website has useful information for those wishing to open a business.
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