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Business permits and other requirements in the City of Agoura Hills (Los Angeles County) for business types:

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Business License - Business Tax Certificate
city

Required for all entities doing business within city limits. See "County Unincorporated" for businesses located outside of city limits.

agency note:
All businesses operating within the City are required to register annually. In addition to the Business Registration, certain businesses are required to obtain a Business License from Los Angeles County. These include businesses which are regulated by the Fire, Health and Sheriff Departments.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

City of Agoura Hills
Planning and Community Development
Office of Business Registration
30101 Agoura Court
Suite 102
Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
Phone: 213-974-2011
Fax: 818-597-7352
website
For Office Locations... application
Land Use Permit/Zoning Clearance
city

Example: zone change, variance, conditional use permit. Required if business located within incorporated city limits.

agency note:
The Agoura Hills Business Registration does not take the place of a Los Angeles County Business License. City Ordinance No. 118, No. 93-237; City Resolution No. 93-817-require all businesses operating in the City of Agoura Hills to register annually.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

City of Agoura Hills
Planning and Community Development
30001 Ladyface Court
Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
Phone: 818-597-7309
website
For Office Locations... application
Business Personal Property
county

Property used in the operation of a business such as machinery, equipment, trade fixtures, etc. is taxable and subject to assessment. Business operations need to file a Business Property Statement annually with the Assessor declaring property on hand as of January 1 of each year. Generally those businesses with personal property and fixtures with a cost less that $100,000 are not required to file a property statement.

agency note:
The Valley office is located at 13800 Balboa Blvd., Sylmar, 91342. Phone: 818-833-6000

applies to:
Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

County of Los Angeles
Office of the Assessor
Business Personal Property Assessments
500 West Temple Street
Room 225
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Phone: 888-807-2111
website
For Office Locations... application
Fictitious Business Name - Doing Business As Statement
county

A Fictitious Business Name (FBN) or Doing Business As (DBA) statement is required when the business name does not include the surname of the individual owner(s) and each of the partners; or the business name suggests the existence of additional owners; or the nature of the business in not clearly evident by the name of the business. For example Bill Smith and Sons Plumbing would require a FBN because the name implies additional owners, Bill Smith Plumbing does not require a FBN. Bill Smith Industries would require a FBN because it does not identify the nature of the business.

agency note:
Notes: Additional location: 14340 Sylvan Street, 1st Floor Van Nuys, CA 91401 818-374-7191 Name search can be completed on the Internet.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

County of Los Angeles
Business Name Filing and Registration
12400 East Imperial Highway
Room 1007
Norwalk, CA, 90650
Phone: 800-201-8999
website
For Office Locations... application
Hazardous Materials / Waste Management Program
county

Subject to local CUPA/HMUPA and accidental release program if handling any hazardous materials, generating or treating hazardous waste, storing in above ground or underground storage tanks.


applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

County of Los Angeles
Fire Department
Health Hazardous Materials
5825 Rickenbacker Rd
Commerce, CA, 90040
Phone: 323-890-4045
Fax: 323-890-4046
website
For Office Locations... application
Registration to Perform Pest Control
county

Registration is required in each county where any type of pest control for hire is being performed or whenever pesticide is applied to any agricultural commodity for sale

agency note:
Note: The sale of scales to anyone in California must be reported to the local county Weights and Measures Office.

applies to:
Landscape Services

County of Los Angeles
Agricultural Commissioner
Weights & Measures
Headquarters Office
12300 Lower Azusa Road
Arcadia, CA, 91006
Phone: 626-575-5471
website
For Office Locations... application
Authority to Construct/Permit to Operate
regional

Required if any person constructs, alters, replaces or operates any units that emit, may emit, or may reduce air emissions within the Region. An Authority to Construct must be obtained before building or installing a new emissions unit or modifying an existing emissions unit that requires a permit. A Permit to Operate is issued after all construction is completed and the emission unit is ready for operation. A permit is required for any sanding, coating, painting or the venting of vessels into the air. In addition, a Portable Equipment Registration is needed for any portable welders (over 50-hp) you operate (i.e. welding shops).

agency note:
For Agricultural Burning Please see: http://www.aqmd.gov/prdas/OpenBurn/Agricultural.html

applies to:
Messenger Service

AQMD (Air Quality Management District): South Coast
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA, 91765
Phone: 909-396-2468
website
For Office Locations... application
Contractor's License
state

In general, all persons or businesses constructing or altering, moving, wrecking, or demolishing any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation or other structure, project, development or improvement must be licensed as a contractor if the total cost of labor and materials for a project is $500 or more. A license is also needed to do any work as a subcontractor or specialty contractor, and persons engaged in the business of home improvement.


applies to:
Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Department of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA, 95827
Phone: 800-321-2752
website
For Office Locations... application
Corporation, Company or Partnership Filings
state

If you are considering becoming a corporation, (either stock or nonprofit), a limited liability company or a partnership (limited, or limited liability), you must file with the Secretary of State's Office.

agency note:
Also, if you are conducting business as one of the following, you must file a bond with the Secretary of State's Office: immigration consultant, credit services organization, dance studio, discount buying organization, employment agency, employment counseling service, invention developer, job listing service, nurses registry, or auctioneer or auction company.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: 916-657-5448
website
For Office Locations... application
Discrimination Law
state

Harassment or discrimination in employment is prohibited if it is based on a person's race, ancestry, national origin, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, physical disability (including AIDS), mental disability, marital status, medical condition (cured cancer), and refusal of family care leave. Discrimination in housing, public services and accommodations is also prohibited.

agency note:
Employers must post the Harassment or Discrimination in Employment notice (DFEH 162) and provide their employees with a copy of the DFEH's information sheet on sexual harassment (DEFH 185) or a statement that contains equivalent information. Employers must also provide notice for an employee's right to request pregnancy disability leave or transfer, as well as notice to request a family and medical care leave (CFRA). Employers with 5 or more employees must maintain all personnel records for a minimum of 2 years.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Department of Fair Employment and Housing
2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA, 95758
Phone: 800-884-1684
website
For Office Locations... application
Occupational Safety and Health Information
state

Businesses with employees must prepare an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. The state provides a no-fee consultation service to assist employers with preventing unsafe working conditions and workplace hazards.


applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Cal/OSHA Consultation Services
320 West 4th Street, Room 850
Los Angeles, CA, 90013
Phone: 213-576-7451
Fax: 213-576-7461
website
For Office Locations... application
Pesticide Licensing and Certification
state

The State of California requires licensing or certification of those selling, possessing, using, applying and recommending the use of pesticides.

agency note:
The license/certification holder must register with each County Agricultural Commissioner where business will be conducted.

applies to:
Landscape Services

California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Licensing and Certification Program
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA, 95812
Phone: 916-445-4038
Fax: 916-445-4033
website
For Office Locations... application
Registration Form for Employers
state

Required to file a registration form within 15 days after paying more than $100.00 in wages to one or more employees. No distinction is made between full-time and part-time or permanent and temporary employees in meeting this requirement.


applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Employment Development Department
Employment Tax Customer Service Office
P.O. Box 2068
Rancho Cordova, CA, 95741
Phone: 888-745-3886
website
For Office Locations... application
Sales & Use Permit (Seller's Permit)
state

All businesses selling or leasing tangible property must obtain a Seller's Permit.

agency note:
For Additional information about RESALE CERTIFICATE go to this website: www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/faqresale.htm

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Sales/Use Tax Division
PO Box 942879
Sacramento, CA, 94279
Phone: 800-400-7115
website
For Office Locations... application
State Income Tax Information
state

Businesses should obtain the appropriate State income tax forms from the Franchise Tax Board.

agency note:
All businesses are required to submit a Business Income Tax statement annually.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Franchise Tax Board
Business Entities Division
PO Box 1468
Sacramento, CA, 95812
Phone: 800-338-0505
website
For Office Locations... application
Wage/Hour Laws
state

Businesses with employees must comply with laws establishing minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions.


applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Department of Industrial Relations
Labor Commissioner's Office
1515 Clay Street, STE 401, Oakland, CA, 94612
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-285-3502
Fax: 510-286-1366
website
For Office Locations... application
Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR's)
state

Any facility or activity that discharges, or proposes to discharge, waste that may affect groundwater quality or from which waste may be discharged in a diffused manner (e.g., erosion from soil disturbance) must first obtain waste discharge requirements


applies to:
Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Cal/EPA
Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: 916-341-5455
website
For Office Locations... application
Workers' Compensation Information
state

Businesses with employees must maintain Workers' Compensation Insurance coverage on either a self-insured basis, or provided through a commercial carrier, or the State Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund.


applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Workers' Compensation
320 W. 4th Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90013
Phone: 213-576-7335
website
For Office Locations... application
Employer Identification Number (EIN or SSN)
federal

Employers with employees, business partnerships, and corporations, must obtain an Employer Identification Number from the I.R.S. Businesses can obtain appropriate Federal income tax forms from this location.

agency note:
EIN Application Form (SS-4) can be obtained from local IRS or Social Security Offices. The San Fernando Valley IRS office is located at the Federal Building, 6230 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys (1st Floor)

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

U.S. Department of Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
300 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Phone: 800-829-1040
website
For Office Locations... application
Proof of Residency Requirement
federal

Employees hired after November 6, 1986 must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

agency note:
The INS will provide employers the requirements for establishing proof of residency of employees.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Los Angeles County Field Office
300 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Phone: 800-375-5283
website
For Office Locations... application
Filter Permits & Licenses
Level of Government:
Consulting, Training and Financial Assistance

A local SBDC may be able to provide information and assistance to basic business questions. Consultation services may include examination of business opportunities, preparation of business plans, development of marketing skills and location of financial assistance. Some sessions may be free of charge.

agency note:
Regional SBA offices offer training, consultation, business development, and loan approval services.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

County of Los Angeles
Small Business Administration - SBA
330 North Brand Suite 1200
Glendale, CA, 91203
Phone: 818-552-3201
website
Consulting/Training/Financial Assistance

Consultation, information, assistance and seminars on various aspects of business operations. Some sessions are offered at no charge.


applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

U.S. Small Business Administration
Los Angeles District Office
330 North Brand Suite 1200
Glendale, CA, 91203
Phone: 818-552-3201
website
Consulting/Training/Financial Assistance

Consultation, information, assistance and seminars on various aspects of business operations. Some sessions are offered at no charge.

agency note:
Serving export clients in Los Angeles.

applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

California SBDC Los Angeles Regional Network
13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA, 90250
Phone: 310-973-3177
website
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA renders assistance with special programs for women and minorities, financing for starting businesses, including developing business plans and providing information on other SBA programs.


applies to:
Messenger Service, Graphic Design Services, Landscape Services, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Washington Office Center
409 3rd Street, S.W. Suite 6400
Washington, DC, 20416
Phone: 202-205-6766
Fax: 202-205-7727
website