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Frequently Asked Questions
The program provides a comprehensive inventory of businesses in unincorporated areas of Riverside County, enhances public safety and helps achieve compliance with federal, state and local water-quality regulations.
There are two major benefits to the business community and general public from the business registration program:
Every person conducting business as defined in Riverside County Ordinance 857 in unincorporated areas of Riverside County must obtain a business license. A separate license must be obtained for each physical location. Any person who does not obtain the required license is subject to the procedures and penalties set forth in the ordinance.
A business license is required for mobile businesses which visit customer locations to carry out business related services. They are not exempt from fees. Those subject to inspection are: mobile automobile or motor vehicle washing; pest control services; mobile carpet; drape or furniture cleaning; concrete mixing or cutting; masonry; painting and coating; landscaping; pool and fountain cleaning; and portable toilet servicing.
You might need a separate business license to conduct business in any other city or county. Most California cities and counties have a business license ordinance. Each jurisdiction, however, has it own filing fee and requirements. Check with the appropriate jurisdiction for its fees.
Your license is current for the one calendar year from the effective date of license issuance. Renewal fees are due 30 days prior to the expiration date on the license.
Any person licensed as a contractor by the State Contractors Board must obtain a business license if they are physically located within unincorporated areas of the county.
License fees charged pursuant to this ordinance are as follows:
Yes, home based businesses are required to register and obtain a license. Home based businesses include those which are secondary and incidental to the use of a home as a residence and do not: dispense goods from the home; do not employ other than the resident family members; do not generate noise, activity, traffic, odor, dust or have outside storage or accessory buildings to conduct the business. Currently they are exempt from fees.
You are required to register but are exempt from paying fees if your organization is legally recognized as tax-exempt pursuant to the provisions of Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (C) (3) and your exemption is filed with 60 days of notification of the county's registration requirement.
The process to obtain a business license takes only a few minutes and may be completed by mail or on the web-based registration system. Using the Internet, go to the county business registration website at www.rctlma.org/buslic, where you will find online instructions, a registration application and convenient payment system.
Yes, business exempt from paying fees still must register within 60 days of notification.
All vendors who sell in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County are required to obtain and display their business license per Riverside County Ordinance 853. They are not exempt from fees.
Yes, all agricultural businesses must register; however some agricultural activities may be exempt from fees. Refer to the fee-exemption section on this brochure or go to www.rctlma.org/buslic.
Any refunds or reversal of any fees collected will be at the discretion of the County of Riverside. Please either visit the Business License Counter at the County Administrative Center Counter (click here for address and directions) or call the (951) 955-1400 for assistance.
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