All California businesses are required to have a business license to operate legally. Most cities have their own terminology for the “business license” such as a “tax registration” or “business registration”, but the concept is all the same. If you’re thinking about starting an enterprise of your own in the Los Angeles area, applying for a BTRC should be at the top of your list.
For the convenience of entrepreneurs, the City of Los Angeles accepts online registration. In order to be eligible to file online, however, the City requires you to first meet all of the following criteria:
- You are opening only one location at the time of registration
- Your business has never been registered in L.A. before
- Your business is located within city limits (or, if there is no physical location, all business is conducted within city limits)
- You are capable of providing electronic payment for any registration fees that may apply
If you do not meet all four of these criteria, you will need to register in person or via other contact with the City of Los Angeles.
To apply for a business license in Los Angeles, you’ll need to provide a variety of relevant personal and business details. Before you sit down to fill out your registration, gather the following pieces of information:
- The legal name of your business
- The type of business (corporation, sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.)
- Your Social Security Number or Federal Employment Identification Number (depending on the type of business)
- Your main business address (and mailing address, if different)
- A description of your business activities
- The date you plan to start operations
- Any other business contact information (controller, CPA, etc.)
- Your Sales Tax Number or Business/Professional Activity Code, if applicable
Depending on what your business does and the products and services you’ll offer, you may need other legal permissions in addition to your City of Los Angeles business license.
Common types of permits and licenses that may be required include:
- Liquor license: for selling alcohol
- Lottery license: for selling lottery tickets, scratch-offs, etc.
- Health department permit: for selling food and beverages
- Tobacco retailers permit: for selling cigarettes and other tobacco products
- Specific occupational license: for practicing a certain profession (doctor, lawyer, etc.)
Starting a business is exciting, but the paperwork can be complex. Even with the City’s online registration system, you may find yourself confused by the process or unsure how to respond. At FastFilings, we streamline registration so that you can get your California business license worry-free.
When you register through FastFilings, all you have to do is provide us with the information we request. Once you’ve submitted it, we’ll complete all the necessary forms for you and file them with the City. With our knowledge of City of Los Angeles business license requirements, you can rest easy knowing we’ve got everything covered.
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We process all orders quickly, and we error check and review all permit orders before submitting to the State of California to ensure that all permits are issued quickly by the CDTFA.