The Permit Center is located at 65 W. Alisal. Before signing a lease or buying a property to operate your business, contact the Community Development Department, Current Planning Division, to make sure that the property is zoned for your type of business.

Steps Towards a City of Salinas Business License

Depending on what kind of business and how you want to operate your business, you may need to contact one or more of the following agencies:

Internal Revenue Service

The IRS issues tax identification numbers and Employer Identification numbers.  Check with your banking institution or accountant to determine what type of identification number you may need.

If you are a Sole Proprietor, you may not need a separate number apart from your personal social security number.

www.irs.gov

+1 (800) 829-3676

State of California

 

County of Monterey

The County of Monterey requires a Fictitious Business License if your business is any other name than your own.

The County Health Department should be contacted for anything relating to the Food Industry.

A County Building Permit may be required for any new/remodel construction depending on where your business is located.

City of Salinas

The City of Salinas requires a business license if you are planning to do business within the city of Salinas.

For questions concerning the City of Salinas Business License fee, please call the City's Finance Department at (831) 758-7211 or click here for more information.

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