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APPLYING FOR AND OBTAINING A CITY OF COMPTON BUSINESS LICENSE

Business ApplicationThe City of Compton requires all persons (including corporations, partnerships and individuals) doing business within City limits, to obtain a business license. Persons without a business license may not lawfully engage in business. The license must be renewed annually. Businesses, professionals, and occupations that meet all qualifications and legal requirements are eligible to obtain a license upon application and payment of the license tax.

Filing Procedure for New Businesses and Change of Ownerships

STEP 1:

CITY BASED BUSINESS (INCLUDING HOME BASED BUSINESSES AND CHANGE IN OWNERSHIPS)

  • APPLY FOR BUSINESS ZONING/INSPECTION APPROVAL (REFER TO PAGE 3)
    • All new businesses located within the City of Compton shall obtain Zoning Approval from the Planning Department. All new businesses located within the City of Compton need to begin the process by filling out the Business Zoning/Inspection Approval Form and the Business License Application. Additional information can be obtained by calling Business License at (310) 605-5508, the Planning Department at (310) 605 – 5532 or visiting the City of Compton webpage.

TEMPORARY BUSINESS LICENSE (Optional) A temporary business license* may be requested, by the business owner, while in the process of obtaining Business Zoning/Inspection Approval.

A temporary business license* may be requested, by the business owner, while in the process of obtaining Business Zoning/Inspection Approval.

The following must be completed before the temporary business license is issued:

  • Complete and turn in a completed Business Zoning/Inspection Approval Form and the Business License Application to the Planning Department. Additional documentation may be requested by the Planning Department. (Payment of the non-refundable application fee is required)**
  • Complete and turn in a complete Business License Application, along with all required documentation, to the Business License Division. (Payment of the non-refundable business license fee is required)

*An inspection by the Building & Safety Department ($120.00 Building Inspection Fee is Required) and the Fire Department are required before a Temporary Business License is issued. The inspections will ensure the business is in compliance with the City of Compton Zoning Code and free of Health & Safety violations. All violations observed and noted by the inspectors/officers must be corrected before the Temporary Business License is issued.

**Zoning and land use must be approved by the Planning Department prior to the issuance of the Temporary Business License.

If a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is required, a Temporary Business License will not be issued until the final approval of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

  • NON-CITY BASED BUSINESSES
    • GO TO STEP 2 (READ PARAGRAPH BELOW)

Non-City based businesses could be contractors, real estate agents, and other businesses that operate within the city but are not City-Based. These businesses do not need Business Zoning/Inspection Approval and can immediately go to step 2.

STEP 2:

  • COMPLETE AND TURN IN A BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATION (FRONT & BACK)
  • TURN IN ALL APPLICABLE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION (SEE BELOW LIST)

All new businesses are required to provide some of the listed additional document ation before obtaining a business license. Please see list below of required documentation:

  • Valid, unexpired photo identification
  • Articles of Incorporation (Corporations)
    • Corporate Minutes, Statement of Information, or a Corporate Resolution to identify the corporate officers and signers of the corporation (Additional requirement)
  • Articles of Organization and Statement of Information (Limited Liability Company)
  • Partnership Agreement identifying partners and their authority (General Partnerships)
    • Fictitious Business Name Statement/DBA (Additional requirement for general partnerships)
  • Fictitious Business Name Statement/DBA (If operating a business under a name other than your own)
    • (Can be obtained through the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office (562) 462-2177 or the County the business is located in)
  • 501(c)3 (Non-Profit Organizations) Los Angeles County Health Certificate (Food handling businesses)
  • State Board of Equalization Seller’s Permit (If the business is selling tangible goods)
  • State Board of Equalization Tobacco Permit (Only if business is selling tobacco products)
  • Alcohol Beverage Control License (Only if business is selling alcoholic beverages)
  • DRE License (California Department of Real Estate)
  • California State Contractors License (Contractors)
  • Department of Justice Second Hand Dealers License (Only if business are buying and selling secondhand goods)
  • Massage Therapy Certificate (California Massage Therapy Council)
  • Office of the Fire Marshal Portable Fire Extinguisher Concern License (Fire Protection Businesses)
  • Vehicle Registration (For Tow Trucks, Delivery Vehicles, Catering Vehicles and others)
  • Proof of Ownership of Property (Property Rental Applicants Only)
  • Original Notarized Letter of Authorization (Persons acting on behalf of the business owner)
  • Liability Insurance (Required Peddlers/Vendors)
  • Certificate from the California Department of Consumer Affairs (for certain businesses)
    • Beauty Salon and Barbershops – Establishment License (Beauty & Cosmetology)
      • Each operator needs a license
    • Nail Salons – Establishment License (Beauty & Cosmetology)
      • Each operator needs a license
    • Security Companies – Private Patrol Operators License (BSIS)
      •  Each security officer/guard needs a license
    • Contractors – State Contractors License (CLB)
      • Each contractor needs a license
    • Automotive Repair Business – Automotive Repair Dealer License (BAR)
    • Any other businesses that have state requirements

Additional license(s) and/or permits from the State of California or other agencies may be required from the business owner.

STEP 3:

  • PAY THE REQUIRED BUSINESS TAX FEE TO OBTAIN THE BUSINESS LICENSE (SEE BELOW)

Pay the required business tax for your type of business to obtain a City Business License. A list of fees may be obtained by going to Section 9-2 of the Compton Municipal Code or the Business License Section of the City of Compton’s website.

For more information regarding obtaining a City of Compton Business License; please contact the Business License Division.

The Business License Division is located at:

205 S. Willowbrook Ave., Compton, CA 90220 (First Floor)
Main Line: (310) 761-1444
Fax Number: (310) 761-1456
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday from 7:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. (Closed Friday)

http://www.comptoncity.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=24169

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