In November 2006 the Board of Supervisors for the County of Riverside approved Ordinance No. 857 creating a Business Registration and Licensing Program within the unincorporated area of Riverside County.
The business license fees are $45 for initial licensing and $30 for annual renewal. Fee exemptions are granted for various agricultural activities, certain residential businesses, places of worship, specific non-profit, and any business exempt by virtue of constitution law, however exempted business will be required to register.
Businesses have the ability to access the County of Riverside's website for an on-line registration and automated payment system option. Once the information has been collected and payment received each business will receive a Business Registration Certificate.
Before any new business is established, the business owner needs to check with the Planning Department. It is important that the category listed in the county general plan and existing zoning on a parcel be verified to determine whether the proposed business use is suitable on the particular parcel before the business owner commits to any long-term lease or property purchase. This information may be obtained at any of the three office locations shown below or from the Planning Department’s website at www.tlma.co.riverside.ca.us/planning.
Riverside Office—4080 Lemon Street, 2nd Floor, Riverside, CA 92502-1409 (951) 955-3200.
Palm Desert Office—38686 El Cerrito Road, Palm Desert, CA 92211 (760) 863-8277.
The County Clerk should be contacted in order to file a fictitious business name. The telephone number is (951) 486-7000. Office locations and the on-line name search are available through the clerk’s web site at www.asrclkrec.com.
State law requires that within 30 days after a Fictitious Business Name Statement has been filed, the registrant shall publish a copy of the statement in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. A list is available as a courtesy on the clerk's website at www.asrclkrec.com.
Businesses with equipment should contact the Assessor's Business Division by phone at (951) 955-6210 or through e-mail at email@example.com to report your location and mailing address for property tax purposes.
Specialty licenses and permits are needed for the following:
New businesses are expected to meet any state and federal licensing requirements.
The following is a list of web sites where additional information can be found: