Permits, Licenses, and Certifications

Depending on your type of business operations, there may be specific federal, state, regional or local permits, licenses or certificates that you would need to acquire. The following tools and resources are provided to help you determine what those requirements may be for your business.

CalGOLD - Permit Assistance Tool

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Use CalGOLD, our online permit assistance tool to identify local, state, and federal permit information for businesses. The online tool provides online resources, application forms, and contact information for the various agencies that administer and issue these permits. For permits and registrations administered by the State of California, CalGOLD also includes a Forms and Fee Finder with direct links to applications and fee information. Simply enter your city and type of business. If your business is not listed you can select “General Business Information.

Business Quick Start Guides

Explore a list of some of the more popular new business types through the Business Quick Start Guides for quick reference to get up and running.
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Environmental Permitting Guide

Most environmental permitting in the State of California occurs at the local and regional level. The Environmental Permitting Guide provides information for businesses in regards to environmental impact activities that are regulated by various environmental regulators.

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Professional Licensure Guide

The Department of Consumer Affairs helps to promote good business practices and to ensure that California’s consumers receive quality services by establishing minimal competency standards for approximately 250 classifications involving approximately three million professionals. The Department’s Boards and Bureaus provide exams and licensing, enforcement, complaint mediation, and education for consumers. For more information, view the Professional Licensure Guide.

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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.