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Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from Business License applicants. If you don't find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us at (760) 770-3207.
Can I pay for my Business License with a credit card?
Unfortunately, at this time, the City is not setup to accept credit card payment.
Can I apply for a Business License prior to obtaining a Resale number or Fictitious Business Name?
We encourage you to apply for your Resale number and Fictitious Name prior to obtaining your Business License.
Can I open a business checking account prior to issuance of a Business License?
It is advisable to check with your banking institution for their particular requirements. Generally, they will need the following information prior to opening your account:
Where can I register for the free Overseeding Certification Course?
For more information on requirements for the Overseeding Certification Course, please contact:
Who do I contact to file for a Fictitious Business Name?
For more information on Fictitious Business Name filings, please contact:
Where can I obtain a Resale number/Seller's Permit for my business?
For more information on Resale numbers/Seller's Permits, please contact:
Where can I apply for an Environmental Health Permit?
For more information on Environmental Health Permits, please contact:
Where can I apply for a beer/wine or liquor license?
For more information on Liquor Licenses, please contact:
Who do I contact to obtain a Tax Identification number?
Tax ID numbers are issued by:
How do I apply to become a corporation or partnership?
Business entities are filed with the:
Who can I contact regarding information on obtaining a state license or to file a complaint against a state licensed individual?
For more information on Licenses issued by the State, please contact:
Where is the regional State Contractors office located?
For more information on Contractors Licenses, please contact:
How can I find out if I need any other permits for my business?
Information regarding permit requirements can be obtained from:
Does the City have economic assistance programs?
The City is willing to explore cost-effective ways to help proven businesses and quality projects move forward. Please feel free to call Economic Development Director, Curt Watts at (760) 324-4511 with any questions regarding this process.
Where can I apply for a small business loan?
Information on small business loans can be obtained by contacting:
Who do I contact if I am doing business in an unincorporated area such as Thousand Palms or Bermuda Dunes?
Businesses in unincorporated areas are regulated by the Riverside County Assessor's Office. Contact: