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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.
If you change your business location within the City, a $10.00 Move and Review Fee is charged and an updated business license application must be submitted. For additional details view the
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 $56, 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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