28 December 2022
When looking to start a business, it's important to think of the right location. Not only can it be important to build your small business somewhere with a robust local community, it's also important to consider the power of tourism as well.
Riverside County in California has no shortage on either front. It's part of the Inland Empire, a region of southern California known for its scenic beauty. Home to the beautiful Joshua Tree National Park and popular vacation spot Palm Springs, the county has plenty to explore. On top of all that, when the 2022 Census was conducted, Riverside County had the fourth-largest population in California, with over 12% growth since 2010.
Between the populated cities and its bustling tourist economy, Riverside County has a lot to offer for a small business owner. So how does one begin starting a business there? A business license is a good start. Let's jump in.
The most important thing to know is that Riverside County does not have a business license requirement at the county level. When starting a business in a city within the county, inquire with the city about their business license requirements. Read on to learn more about obtaining a business license in the various cities in Riverside County.
Here’s our city-by-city guide to obtaining a business license in the cities of Riverside County.
To obtain a business license in Banning, you'll need to submit an application for a Business Tax Certificate. Be prepared to provide the following:
You can find the application for in-town businesses here, and for in-home businesses here. Check the application packets for further details on the business licensing process. City contact information is available here.
In order to apply for a business license in Beaumont, you’ll need to provide the following:
You also must contact the Building Department and Fire Department to request an occupancy inspection. Both the building and fire inspections must be completed and approved before your business license can be issued.
In Blythe, every business transacting within the city limits must hold a business license. Here’s how to proceed:
Once everything is received and all requirements have been met, the license will likely be issued.
Some things to keep in mind:
A business license is required for any business in Calimesa, as well as out-of-town businesses performing work within city limits. There are five primary types of business licenses in Calimesa:
Information and requirements for other business types can be found here.
Generally, businesses are required to obtain a business license in Canyon Lake, but there are a few exemptions. Similar to Calimesa, Canyon Lake has four primary types of business licenses. They are:
Anyone conducting business in Cathedral City is required to have a business license. The primary business licenses are:
Requirements for fictitious business names and additional information can be found here.
While the city’s website is light on details, a business license application is required in Coachella for licensure. However, if you’re unsure whether or not your business is required to have a business license, you can contact Cesar Lucrecio by phone or email as listed here.
Corona’s business licensing application is fully online and available here. Things to keep in mind:
Desert Hot Springs business license applications can be submitted online or on paper.
The online business license application can be found here.
You can apply for a Home Occupation Permit here.
You can apply for a Massage Therapist Permit here.
All businesses carrying out work in Eastvale, California, are required to have a Business Registration. You will need to provide:
You can apply for an Eastvale business registration using the printable form or online.
All businesses operating within Hemet must obtain a business license. The five most common business licenses in the city are for the following industries:
Here are a couple of additional items to keep in mind:
Any business operating within the city of Indian Wells requires a business license. This includes home-based businesses and businesses based outside the city limits but still provide services in Indian Wells — such as contractors.
You can submit your business license application online or using one of the following downloadable forms.
Businesses operating in Indio should make note of the following:
Businesses with a commercial location should apply, using this application.
Businesses working within Indio but based elsewhere should use this application.
People renting residential properties long-term must use this application. If the rentals are for 30 days or fewer, more information can be found here.
Home occupations can find their business license application here.
In addition to submitting your application, check the following procedure to ensure you’re eligible for licensure:
Indio business licenses are valid for one year from the issuance date. Renewal documentation should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date.
The city of Indio business license renewal application can be found online here, and your renewal fee can be submitted here.
All businesses working in Jurupa Valley must obtain a Jurupa Valley Business Registration Certificate. Here are the city of Jurupa Valley business license application requirements:
After your application has been approved, you should receive a Business Registration Certificate within 15 to 20 business days.
Anyone conducting business or providing a service in La Quinta must obtain a business license. There are three basic types of business licenses available in the city of La Quinta:
Home occupations will also need to obtain a Home Occupation of a Business Permit.
Additional information for different industries can be found here.
Businesses located within Lake Elsinore will need to apply for a license using the following application that best applies to their business:
Businesses located outside of the city but working within it must apply for one of the following the Lake Elsinore business license that is most applicable:
Mobile vendors and massage technicians must obtain their applications in person from the Lake Elsinore business license department.
Anyone conducting business within the city of Menifee is required to hold a business license. Further questions for getting a city of Menifee business license should be directed to the Menifee business licensing desk, which can be reached at 951-723-3883.
Any business operating in Moreno Valley must have a business license. Here are the available business license applications for the city of Moreno Valley:
Further details on the application process can be found in the business license checklist.
Every person or entity planning to conduct business in Murrieta must obtain a business license.
City of Murrieta business license application requirements are listed here.
Applications are submitted online.
All businesses intending to operate in Norco must have a business license. Here’s what you need to know:
The online application, as well as additional information, can be found here. Check here for fee details.
All businesses working within Palm Desert need a business license. Before applying, make sure to know the following:
Submit your city of Palm Desert application online or by email. Be sure to check the fee schedule as well.
Business licenses are required for all entities doing business in Palm Springs. Here’s what you’ll need in order to apply:
The business license application can be found here. Additional forms and information are available on the Palm Springs website.
Home-based businesses in Perris are required to obtain a business license. Additional resources are available in this form.
All other businesses will need to apply for a certificate of occupancy, a business license, and you will need to pass Building and Safety, and Fire inspections.
Information about fictitious business names, seller’s permits, and other requirements can be found here.
A business license is required for anyone conducting business, or providing services or contract work in Rancho Mirage. Here’s what’s needed:
Entities planning to do business in the city of Riverside are required to obtain a business license. Visit the link for details on other permits and inspections that may be required.
You can apply for a city of Riverside business license online here.
Businesses conducting any business activity within San Jacinto are required to have a business license. There are eight types of business license applications available:
If you’ll be conducting business in Temecula, you’ll need a business license. Here are the city of Temecula business license applications for various types of businesses:
Any business working within Wildomar or doing business with the city itself, must be registered.
You can submit your application online her
As with licensure itself, be sure to check the renewal procedures of the applicable city rather than the county itself. Renewal dates and processes vary from city to city.
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