Registration and Permits

Registering a business and finding the proper permits can be challenging. Find information about local, state, and federal business registration processes, permits, licenses and certifications below. Business types and activities generally determine the licenses and permits needed to operate a business legally in California. Information can help you to determine what requirements you need to look into to start, maintain, and expand your business in the State of California.

Register a Business

Generally, all businesses that wish to conduct business in California need to register and form their legal entity with the California Secretary of State’s Office, file appropriate taxes, register as an employer, and obtain business licenses and other permits from appropriate cities or counties. Depending on your business type there may be additional permits, licenses or certifications that your business needs to acquire.

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Stay in Compliance

Find information on how to help your business stay in compliance and continue operating in the State of California. Information provided will also help you identify registration requirements to relocate, change your business name and transfer ownership.

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Permits, Licenses, and Certifications

Depending on your type of business operations, there may be federal, state, regional or local permits, licenses, or certificates that you would need to acquire.

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Information on California Regulations

Businesses should be aware of the regulations that may impact their operations. Information is provided about the California rule making process as well as resources to help businesses find current and past versions of regulations.

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About Us

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as the State of California's leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz partnered with the State's Information Technology Leadership Academy 22 to create the California Business Portal.