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Any sign shop advertised in the yellow pages can make your banners, following our specifications.
Owners of non-residential commercial property (OMC 5.14.170) and owners of apartment complexes (OMC 5.02.040), are also required to maintain a Business License and report gross rental receipts. A separate Business License is required for each branch establishment or location of the business. (OMC 5.06.050) Any business based outside the City but operating in the City of Orange must obtain a Business License and carry it with them.
Business License renewal notices are mailed during the month they expire. You have 1 month from the expiration date to renew. Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business owner of the responsibility for renewing the license before the penalty date. Late payments receive a 25% penalty.
If you have a Gross Receipts Tax Schedule, you will need to state your business's gross revenue (before any expenses) for the last 12 months prior to the expiration date. Your license will be in renewal status and ready to renew online approximately three weeks before the expiration date. To renew your Business License online, visit the
Contact the City of Orange Planning and Zoning Department at (714) 744-7220 to inquire about zoning banners and sign requirements for your type of business at its planned location. In addition, you must comply with all City, County, and State regulations for zoning, building, health, and safety. The following types of business activities generally require additional review, a Conditional Use Permit, or some other form of discretionary action through the Planning Division. If you are proposing to establish any of these types of business activities, please check with the Planning Division before proceeding with your plans. Please note: This list may not encompass all the uses that may require Planning approval, and is subject to change.
This list includes: - Automobile Repair, Rental, Installation, Sales and Service Station - Wireless Facilities - Banquet and Festival Halls (Events) - Billiard Parlors - Bingo - Car Wash - Chemical Production - Church - Child Care Center (in church) - Cyber Café/Internet Café - Dance Studios, Dance Halls - Drive through service windows (such as restaurants) - Dry Cleaning (AQMD compliance) - Firearms - Hotels and Motels - Kennels - Live Entertainment (DJ, Singers, Dancers, Musicians) - Mobile Auto Detailing or Car Wash - Mobile Home Park - Music Instruction - Recycling Facilities - RV Sales and Services - Sale of Alcoholic Beverages - Schools - Seasonal (Pumpkin Patch, Christmas Tree Lots) - Special Events - Stables Trade or technical schools - Valet Parking - Vending Carts/machines - Video games, amusement devices (4 or more)
The following types of business activities are allowed in some commercial and industrial zoning districts, either as a permitted use, or a use allowed subject to issuance of a Conditional Use Permit: - 25% Increase in Office w/Industrial - District Metallurgy - Amusement Arcade - Mini-Mart - Convenience Store - Bed and Breakfast Inns (R2, R3, R4) - Movie Theater - Day Care, Senior Housing - Plant Nursery - Educational Institutions - Petroleum Products - Explosives - Recycling or Waste Reduction - Fortune Telling - Restaurant - Heliports - Storage Facility - Massage Establishments and Spa - Warehouse
Each new application for a Business License must include an application fee of $46, a State Mandated Fee of $4 and the minimum tax as listed on the back of the application for the specific type of business. The application fee and State Mandated Fee are non-refundable.
Business Licenses are not transferable. A change in ownership requires a new application.
If your business includes retail or wholesale activity you must obtain a Seller's Permit (Resale Number) from the California Department of Tax & Fee Administration. We need a copy of your Seller's Permit showing an Orange address when you apply for a Business License. Seller's Permits for other cities are not acceptable.
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If you change your business name your account will be locked until it is reviewed and updated by City Staff. It may take up to 1 business day before your account is unlocked and you can finish paying your online renewal, so please allow time for this to be taken care of before the penalty date.
If you change your business address in Orange, your account will be locked until this is reviewed and approved. A $5 “Move Fee” will be added to your account. Your address change will either be approved and your account unlocked within 1 business day so that you can complete your transaction, or you will be sent an email asking you to apply for Zoning and Planning approval for the new location. Please do not wait until the Penalty Date to make this type of change.
You cannot change ownership online. A new owner will need to apply for a new license. Please do not change the Primary Contact's home address to a mailbox or to a business address. This will not be accepted.
If you pay a Gross Receipts Tax, you cannot close your Business License online. You must send in your signed paper renewal notice, with the required tax calculations.
The City Clerk's Office300 E. Chapman Ave.Orange, CA 92866
You may contact the City Clerk to obtain a claim form by mail by calling (714) 744-5500.
Orange County Superior Court700 W. Civic Center Dr.Santa Ana, CA 92701
For instructions on how to file a Small Claims Action, please visit the California Courts website.
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You can register by mail, walk-in, drop box, and/or online.
Student Permits are issued to productions being done for by a student enrolled in an accredited school, working on a production for a class project, assigned by a teacher/professor. Non-Profit Permits are issued for productions done by non-profit 501 (c) 3 entities, (Non-profit Filming.)
The only difference between the three types is that we charge fees for Commercial permits.
If you need to request reasonable accommodation for your interview, contact the Human Resources Department at (714) 744-7255 prior to your interview date.
In order to protect and preserve the collection, it is maintained in a secured area, as is the case with all special collections. Library staff will bring the materials to you. When possible, we purchase duplicate circulating copies of books, and items from our files may be photocopied.
In your letter, please include any documents that can support your dispute.
The Traffic Bureau counter is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed all major holidays.
The Records counter is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For after-hour vehicle releases, call (714) 744-7380.
For information on your impounded vehicle, call (714) 744-7451
View and download the Alarm Registration Form (PDF)
If your incident is an emergency, call 9-1-1. If non-emergency call (714) 744-7444.
No. If a crime took place outside the City of Orange, please call the law enforcement agency for that jurisdiction.
A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person, or where to find the person, who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in.
If this took place on the freeway or the interstate, please call the California Highway Patrol office nearest you.
Evidence is any item which could lead to the identity, arrest, and conviction of a suspect. Examples: Fingerprints, blood, weapons, tools, and miscellaneous property left behind at the scene.
To register as a new permit holder with the Citation Processing Center, upload the required documents; a government issued ID, current utility bill, or for Chapman University students, submit your enrollment verification letter, government issued ID, and utility bill.
You should receive an email within 24-48 hours verifying your permit was approved or denied. If approved, submit your payment and the permit will be mailed to you within seven days.
Click here to register, pay, or renew a parking permit then select one of the following options:
Questions can be directed to the Citation Processing Center customer service line (800) 969-6158.
Due to high priority calls for service, response times to reports of loud parties may be extended on nights and weekends.
Any reports involving a juvenile cannot be released without approval from Juvenile Court. To receive approval, submit the Report of Law Enforcement Agency Form (PDF)
Note: State Government, County, and local government employees are not exempt. Contractors hired by government agencies are not exempt. Non-profit groups are not exempt.