California Business Licenses
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What Is a Business License?
A business license or permit is sometimes required for individuals or businesses to operate. Business licenses exist at the local, state, and federal level. Licenses and permits cover a variety of purposes and activities, such as building construction, environmental considerations, and the ability to work as a licensed professional.
What Determines the Licenses I Need?
The type of licenses or permits you will need depends on several factors, including:
- Your profession or occupation
- Whether you are an employer or an independent contractor
- Your industry and business activities
- Your place(s) of business
Professional Licenses in California
Depending on your profession, you may need to obtain a license to practice in California, even if you have been previously licensed in a different state. The licensing requirements vary by profession, and many are issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs. A few of the professions that require licenses include:
- Healthcare Practitioners
- Aestheticians and Cosmetologists
- Real Estate Brokers and Agents
- Security Guards
Do I Need Any Local Permits?
Local permits are dependent on city and county requirements and ordinances. Local licenses and permits are common for items such as:
- Construction or renovation
- Health permits
- Zoning permits
- Local business licenses
License and permit requirements vary, so to be sure, you should check with your local authorities.
How Can I Find Out If I Need a Professional License?
You should always check with your local authorities in the city or county where you plan to work or operate a business. Additionally, CalGold provides an easy way to look up permit information and contacts based on your county and industry.
Should I Consult an Business Attorney in California?
Applying for business licenses and permits may not require the help of an attorney. However, if you are setting up a new business, an experienced business attorney can help provide guidance on permits, as well as other business organization issues. If you have been charged with criminal or civil penalties for a failure to have a proper permit, an attorney can help defend you.
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Last Modified: 07-14-2014 12:54 PM PDT
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