Any individual, partnership or corporation, wishing to conduct a business within the City of Tustin must first obtain a business license. This applies whether the business is home-based, mobile, “store front” or located out of the City with agents working in the City. In addition, those businesses having more than one branch and/or more than one business venture at the same location must have a separate business license for each branch or venture.
Certain types of businesses require special permits. To determine if you need this type of permit, call the Business License Division.
Business License Tax – The business license tax period is a calendar year beginning January 1 and expiring December 31. The City prorates fees quarterly for new business.
Renewal – Once obtained, a business license renewal will automatically be forwarded to your mailing address approximately one month prior to the expiration date.
Penalty – Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business owner’s responsibility in renewing the business license. Failure to pay the license tax when due will result in a penalty of twenty five percent (25%) of such license tax on the last day of each month after the due date. The amount of such penalty shall not exceed one hundred percent (100%) of the amount of the license tax due (Ord. No. 328, Sec 27).
In addition to the business license, a business must also comply with all City Zoning and Building regulations. Contact Planning Division at (714) 573-3140 and the Building Division at (714) 573-3131.
County, Regional, State and Federal Agency permits may also be required for certain types of business. For additional information or staff assistance, please call the Business License Clerk at (714) 573-3144.