FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Business License?
A business license is an annual business tax for doing business within the City limits. The City of Fountain Valley Municipal Code (Section 5.04.080) requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the City, even if your business is located outside of the City limits or if you have a business license from another City. Businesses that are based in the City must also have a business license. This includes home based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and non-profit businesses.
Business license taxes and fees help pay for City services like roads, fire, police and other community services. These services benefit businesses, business owners, and the general public.
How long is a Business License valid?
A business license is normally good for a year and must be renewed every year depending on the expiration date of your current license. The City will send annual renewal notices; however, it is the business licensee’s responsibility to renew on time. Penalties are assessed for delinquent accounts. Conducting business in the City without a valid license can result in citations and fines.
Are there any restrictions on where I do business?
Yes, businesses operating from a location inside the City of Fountain Valley may require a zoning review from the Planning Division. This is to ensure that the business activity and site location are compatible with the City’s municipal code and zoning requirements.
Home Occupation Conditions: A Business License and Home Occupation Permit is required if the business is conducted from your home in Fountain Valley. Please also submit a signed acknowledgement of the Home Business Conditions (Reference Section 21.42.060 of the Municipal Code) with your application located in the “Download Forms” section of this webpage. There is a 1-time Business Permit charge of $35.
How do I obtain a Fictitious Business Name?
If you are an in-town business and using a fictitious business name that does not include the owner's surname (last name), you must first file for a Fictitious Business Name Statement through the Orange County Clerk/Recorder or any local newspaper. You must attach a copy of the Fictitious Business Filing with your business license tax application.
Orange County Clerk Recorder
12 Civic Center Plaza Room #101
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 834-2500 or www.ocrecorder.com