Apply Online

Apply for a City of Orange Business License

*Note: $60.00 Application Fee/State Fee is non-refundable. 

Step 1

Before applying, please have ready any of the following items that may apply to your business:
  • Federal Tax ID number (for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and more)
  • Social Security number (for sole proprietors)
  • Driver's License number for primary contact
  • Sellers Permit showing an address in Orange (required for all retail or wholesale businesses)
  • For Hire Motor Carrier of Property license
  • Professional License number - county, state, or federal
  • Job location and job value (contractors and some outside services)
  • 501(c)(3) - for nonprofit or charitable organizations
  • A detailed and complete description of your business activity. Insufficient detail will delay approval.
  • A Visa or MasterCard Credit Card
    • (Application Fee is non-refundable)

Step 2

Choose an application:
  1. General Contractors or Subcontractors
    • For Contractors licensed with the Contractors State License Board
  2. Inside Application
    • For businesses based inside the City, including home based
  3. Outside Application
    • For businesses working in the City of Orange but based elsewhere (do not use this one if you are a General or Sub contractor)
  4. Rental Property Owners
    • For Commercial or Industrial Units, or Apartment Rentals
Some businesses can not apply online, these include:
  • Any business requiring a special Permit
  • Car Washes
  • Food Trucks
  • Massage Establishments
  • Nail, Hair, Beauty, or Tanning Salons
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Secondhand Dealers

Step 3

After applying online, you'll receive an email when your application is approved, or asking for more detail, or requiring Planning Approval. You can also check the status at any time. If you have questions contact the Business License division at 714.744.2270.