Obtaining Permits, Licenses and Certifications

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

Online Permit Assistance Tool (CalGOLD)

You can use our online permit assistance tool, CalGOLD, to identify local, state, and federal permit information for businesses. The online tool provides webpage links, application forms, and contact information for the various agencies that administer and issue these permits. For permits and registrations administered by the State of California, CalGOLD also includes a Forms and Fee Finder with direct links to applications and fee information. Once at the website input your city and type of business, if your business is not listed you can select "General Business Information.”


Business Quick Start Guides

Explore a list of some of the more popular new business types through the Business Quick Start Guides for quick reference to get up and running.

Environmental Permitting Guide

Most environmental permitting in the State of California occurs at the local and regional level. The  Environmental Permitting Guide provides information for businesses in regards to environmental impact activities that are regulated by various environmental regulators. 

Professional Licensure Guide


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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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