Business Licenses

To ensure the continued health and safety of the public, the City Hall Lobby will be closed starting Wednesday, January 12, 2022  until further notice.

Business License staff remain available by phone or email Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Business License Phone (916) 727-4907
Business License email:

If you have an application submission, please use the online license system at . We will send a follow-up email on how to proceed.

Apply for Business Licenses or Renewals Online!

Now you can apply for, renew, and print your business license online! All renewals and business licenses will be sent via email when one is provided.  Click the link below to get started!

Business License Online

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Temporary Signage Update:

The City will not be enforcing temporary signage standards for essential businesses during this emergency period. 
We welcome you to use banners or A-frame signs to let the community know you are open!

Starting a Business in Citrus Heights

Step 1-Determine your Business Structure

For operating and business reporting purposes, it is important to determine if you will operate your business as a sole proprietor, partnership (2 or more owners), corporation (1 or more stockholders/officers), or some other form of business entity.

State of California Secretary of State’s Office, Business Entities:

Step 2-Find a Location for your Business and Contact Citrus Heights Planning Division

Find a Location for your Business and Contact Citrus Heights Planning Division (916) 727-4740.

Before signing a building property lease or purchase agreement, contact the City of Citrus Heights Planning Division to determine the zoning of the site, and whether or not your type of business is a permitted use for that location.  In some cases, and additional permit may be required. 

Step 3-Obtain Other Permits and Licenses

Building Permits:

If you intend to alter, remodel, relocate or install any structure, electrical, plumbing. or mechanical portions of the building, you will need to contact the Building Department (916) 727-4760.

When a building has a change of use the Building Department may require a tenant improvement.

The Building Division may refer you to outside agencies such as:

Sign Permits:

Sign permits are required for any sign on the outside of the building including permanent and temporary signs or banners.  Planning Division approval is required along with Building Division approval for a sign permit to be issued.  (Building Division approval not required for a Temporary Sign Permit)

Step 4-Register a Fictitious Business Name

If you create a name that is different than your own legal name , you will need to file a fictitious name with the Sacramento County Finance Department:

Step 5-Tax Reporting

All businesses are required to file both state and federal tax returns.  Contact the California State Franchise Tax Board and the Internal Revenue Service to learn about specific requirements.

If you sell a product, you should contact the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to assist you in determining if a Seller’s Permit is needed.

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration:

Step 6-Obtain a City of Citrus Heights Business License

The City of Citrus Heights Municipal Code requires that all business operating within the city limits must obtain a Business License. The fee for a Business License is based on the type  of business. Business operating out of a residence are required to complete the Home Occupation Clearance form (which is part of the online Business License Application).  It can take up to 60 day for the business license process, please provide all supporting  information when applying, this will help the process.