Registration & Permits

This webpage has been set up to provide you with relevant information about local, state, and federal business registration processes, permits, licenses and certifications. Business types and activities generally determine the licenses and permits needed to operate a business legally. Information provided here can be used to help you in your research to determine what requirements you need to look into to start, maintain and expand your business in the State of California.

Registering a Business

Generally, all businesses that wish to conduct business in California need to register and form their legal entity with the California Secretary of State's Office, file appropriate taxes, register as an employer, and obtain business licenses and other permits from appropriate cities or counties. Depending on your business type there may be additional permits, licenses or certifications that your business needs to acquire. More Info

You can also visit our Start A Business Guide webpage.

Staying in Compliance

Find information on how to help your business stay in compliance and continue operating in the State of California. Information provided will also help you identify registration requirements to relocate, change your business name and transfer ownership. More Info

Obtaining Permits, Licenses and Certifications

Depending on your type of business operations, there may be federal, state, regional or local permits, licenses or certificates that you would need to acquire. The following tools and webpages are provided to help you determine what those requirements are. More Info

Information on California Regulations

Learn about current and new California Regulations that may apply to your business. 

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About Us

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts.  GO-Biz partnered with the State's Information Technology Leadership Academy 22 to create this website.

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