City of San Fernando




How to start a business in the City of San Fernando

Step 1

  • Contact San Fernando City Hall to make sure the zoning is correct for your new business address.
    • Every business must meet certain zoning requirements. Call the Planning Department at (818) 898-1227 for further information and to obtain a Commercial Business Occupancy Permit Application.

Step 2

  • File a fictitious business name statement
    • It is recommended that you call the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office to determine if your business name is already in use.
    • Contact your local newspaper. The paper will file your DBA statement with the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office and publish your new business name.

Step 3

  • Obtain a State Board of Equalization resale permit, if required. Contact the State of California to file proper State Tax forms and obtain labor standards for employees.
    • Businesses are required to obtain a permit from the State Board of Equalization for “selling or acquiring any tangible items for repair or use in the business”
    • The seller’s permit must show your San Fernando business address.

Step 4

  • Obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number
    • Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for your employer identification number. They also provide seminars for new businesses, additional information and required forms.

Step 5

  • Obtain a Business License Application
    • Contact the City of San Fernando to obtain an application for Business License.
    • Depending on the type of business you have you may be required to bring in these or any of the following documents:
      • County Health Permit
      • Alcoholic Beverage Control Permit
      • State Contractor’s License
      • Establishment and Cosmetology License
      • Bureau of Automotive Repair License
    • You need the following information to complete the application:
      • Business name & address
      • Business telephone number
      • Description of the business
      • The property owner’s name, address and telephone number
      • Social Security Number
      • Federal Tax ID number
      • Driver’s License
      • Articles of Incorporation, if applicable
      • Alarm company name, address & telephone number
    • Important Telephone Numbers
      • State Board of Equalization
        15350 Sherman Way, Suite 250, Van Nuys, CA 91406
        (818) 904-2300
      • Federal Tax Identification Number
        6230 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406
        (800) 829-3676
      • LA Department of Health Service (Garment Inspection)
        2525 Corporate Place, Monterey Park, CA 91754
        (213) 881-4029
      • Bureau of Automotive Repair License (Smog Check Included)
        21601 Vanowen St., Suite 100, Canoga Park, CA 91303
        (818) 596-4400
      • LA County Health Department (Fixed Locations & Pushcarts)
        25050 Peachland Ave., Suite 210, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
        (661) 254-9560
      • LA County Health Department (Catering Trucks)
        5050 Commerce Drive, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
        (626) 430-5500
      • San Fernando Sun Newspaper (Fictitious Business Name)
        601 S Brand Blvd., San Fernando, CA 91340
        (818) 365-3111
    • Fees
      • Contact the Business License Department at (818) 898-1211 for the fee amount. The fee is based both on the type of business you have and the location of the business within the City. An additional $22.00 processing fee applies to all accounts

How to obtain a San Fernando Swap Meet Business License

  • Obtain a State Board of Equalization resale permit
    • Apply for a seller’s permit with the CSBOE, it must show your name and/or business name and the San Fernando Swap Meet address:
      585 Glenoaks Blvd
      San Fernando , CA 91340
    • The address to the CSBOE is: 15350 Sherman Way, Suite 250, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Phone (818) 904-2300
  • Documents Needed
    • Individual listed on permit must come in to City Hall and bring the following documents:
    • Seller’s Permit
    • CA Driver’s License
    • Social Security Number
  • Fees
    • The minimum fee for the license is $72.00

For additional information contact Sandra Soto:
Phone: (818) 898-1211


Contact Information:
Phone: 818-898-1218
Fax: 818-365-8090

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