The following steps have been prepared to assist new business owners in meeting the municipal requirements to start a business in the City of Norwalk.
Who Must Obtain a Business License?
All persons or companies conducting business in the City of Norwalk are required to obtain a Business License (N.M.C. Section 5.08.010). Included in these requirements are residential landlords (renting four or more units), retail stores, wholesalers, manufacturers, self-employed, professionals, building contractors and home based businesses.
Register Your Business Name
All businesses are required to register their Business Name with the County Registrar-Recorder office.
Seller’s Permits/Resale Permits
Any type of business that involves sales must obtain a Seller’s Permit/Resale Permit at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration before applying for Business License.
Home Occupation Permits
Businesses operating from a residence must obtain a Home Occupation Permit prior to applying for a Business License.
How Much Does a Business License Cost?
The fee for each Business License is established by resolution of the City Council. A tax rate schedule is on file in the Finance Department for your information. A $65.00 investigation, inspection and processing fees is also required if the business is operating from a commercial area in the City of Norwalk.
When are Business License Fees Due?
A Business License must be obtained prior to the commencement of business operations. Business owners are responsible for submittal of a business license renewal form or a new business license application and payment of all fees by December 31st of each year to renew the license.
How Long is a Business License Valid?
Business License fees are due ANNUALLY based on a calendar year and expire on December 31st of each year. The City of Norwalk will mail each business owner a renewal notice in November of each year.
Are Business Licenses Transferable?
Business License Certificates are not transferable. New business owners must apply for their own business license and may not use the business license of a previous owner.
Business activities are subject to the requirements of State, County, and City Municipal Codes. If you have further questions concerning the location of your business, fees, zoning, parking requirements, signs, building permits, utility connections, and engineering requests, please contact the City of Norwalk. We look forward to providing you with information that will be of assistance in locating your business in the City of Norwalk.