Business Licenses

Business License Program

The Business License Program is administered by the Community and Economic Development Department. Click here to go to the Community and Economic Development Department’s webpage.

Business License Ordinance

The primary focus of the City’s Business License regulations is to provide reasonable assurance that businesses operating in the City are doing so in compliance with City, state, federal, or otherwise applicable codes, rules, regulations or laws as well as to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community. The Business License program is not designed to raise revenue, nor is it a substitute for land use regulations. For more information regarding the Business License program and Ordinance No. 1163, please refer to Chapter 1 of Title 11 of the Los Banos Municipal Code.

Business License Fees

The City Council most recently adopted Resolution No. 6131 which established and amended certain user fees including Business License and related permit fees. The amended fee schedule was adopted on September 18, 2019 and went into effect on December 1, 2019. Click here to view the fee schedule.

Please Note: Administrative fees vary depending on the type of business you will be conducting. Please contact us for specific information related to your type of business. All fees including Business License and Administrative Fees are due at the time you submit your application to the Community & Economic Development Department.

Determining if a Business License is Required

If you are planning to open a new business, relocate your business, operate a business from your home, or conduct any business operations within the City of Los Banos, you are required to obtain a Business License prior to commencing business operations.

Any person engaging in business within the city limits of Los Banos must obtain a Business License. This includes professions, trades, vocations, the rental or lease of multi-family residential with four or more units, establishments and occupations, or other activity for gain, profit, compensation, or livelihood, including but not limited to providing goods or services, whether or not the business has a fixed place of business in the City. If you are unsure if you need a Business License, contact staff at businesslicenses@losbanos.org.

Applying for a Business License

If you are planning to open a new business, relocate your business, operate a business from your home, or conduct any business operations within the City of Los Banos, you are required to obtain a Business License prior to commencing business operations.

Commercial Business License

If the business is based from a commercial location and located inside of Los Banos city limits, then you will need to complete the Commercial Business License application.

Home Occupation Business License

If the business is based from the home and located inside of Los Banos city limits, then you will need to complete the Home Occupation Business License application. Keep in mind that Home Occupation rules apply to a business based from home here in the City of Los Banos, including no employees, no customers at the residence, and no signage at the residence.

Out of Town Business License

If the business is located outside of Los Banos city limits, then you will need to complete the Out of Town Business License application.

Please review and complete the forms carefully and legibly. Incomplete, illegible, or missing information or documentation will delay processing or be cause for denial of your Business License. Please submit completed Business License applications with original signatures and all associated required documentation and appropriate fees to the Community & Economic Development Department located at City Hall at 520 J Street, Los Banos, CA 93635.

For additional information, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department by email at businesslicenses@losbanos.org, by phone at (209) 827-2431, or visit us at 520 J Street, Los Banos, CA 93635. Business Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Business Location

Before finalizing your business location or signing a lease agreement, contact a Planner with the City of Los Banos Community & Economic Development Department at (209) 827-2432 to determine if your business operations conform to the zoning district of your proposed location. All businesses must be located in areas that allow their types of business activity. Staff will help you determine if your business is a compatible use for a particular location and whether any prior special approvals are necessary. For example, some businesses may require approval of a Conditional Use Permit or Mobile Food Vendor Permit prior to the filing of a Business License application.

Use the Zoning Portal to check where your business operations are permitted. Once you have a location identified, contact a Planner to verify that the zoning and land use are compatible.

Business Licenses are non-transferable. If the business is moving to a new location or if the ownership of the business is changing, you must file a new Business License application.

Additional Information

Your business may require additional permits such as approval of a Conditional Use Permit, Mobile Food Vendor Permit, Solicitation Permit, Temporary Use Permit or coordination with another agency or department to verify education, insurance and/or livescan criminal history information prior to issuance of a Business License. Please do your due diligence to determine if any permits, licenses, registrations or information are required prior to submitting an application for a Business License.

Businesses operating under specific Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes (generally those between 0211 and 5171) must obtain coverage under the State Water Resource Control Board’s (SWRCB) Industrial General Permit. For more information and specific requirements, visit the SWRCB website.

Additional Resources

The UC Merced Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a great resource to new and existing businesses in regards to providing assistance in starting or growing your business. Their services help to promote the development, growth, and success of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the county, thereby enhancing individual, family, community, and regional prosperity. UC Merced SBDC also offers low and no cost workshops relating to many business topics.

Whether you want to launch, grow, transition or innovate your business, they can provide expert consulting, training, market research, access to capital and other tools at low to no cost assistance. You can register for their services at www.ucmercedsbdc.com.

Important Information

California Government Code Section 4467

  • Effective January 1, 2013, the Business License fee was increased by $1.00 as mandated by the state for the Certified Access Specialist Program (CASp).
  • Effective January 1, 2018 thru December 31, 2023, this fee increased to $4.00. Effective January 1, 2024, the fee will decrease to $1.00.

California Government Code Section 4469

On and after January 1, 2013, each city, county, or city and county shall provide to an applicant for a Business License or equivalent instrument or permit and to an applicant for the renewal of a Business License or equivalent instrument or permit, the following information:

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

California Government Code Section 4469.5

In addition to the information required by Section 4469, each city, county, or city and county that issues Business Licenses, building permits for additions, alterations, and structural repairs to commercial property, or building permits for new construction of commercial property, shall make readily available, and, upon submission to the city, county, or city and county of an application for a Business License or building permit, shall provide to the applicant, an informational notice to the applicant to increase compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.) and the state Unruh Civil Rights Act (Section 51 of the Civil Code) by owners and tenants of commercial property used for public accommodation or business purposes and to facilitate that compliance by increasing awareness of these laws and the resources available to aid with compliance, resulting in more public accommodations and businesses being accessible to all persons, regardless of physical disability.

California Civil Code Sections 51.6 and 55.63

State law prohibits a business establishment from discriminating against a person because of the person’s gender with respect to the price charged for services of similar or like kind. State law also requires specified business establishments to disclose in writing the pricing for each standard service, as defined, to display, in a specified manner, a sign stating that it is illegal to base pricing on gender and that a complete price list is available upon request, and to display, in a specified manner, a price list, and to provide the customer with a copy of the complete price list upon request. Informational materials to explain a business establishment’s rights and obligations under these provisions are available for download by clicking the links below.

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