Contact City Hall and make sure the zoning is correct for your new business address.Every business must meet zoning requirements to insure that its business category and site are compatible. Before signing any leases or moving in, check with the Zoning office. cityofpasadena.net/planning/deptorg/curplng/homecp.aspThe Zoning Office is located at:175 North Garfield AvenuePasadena, California 91109(626) 744-4152
File a fictitious name statement and file your "doing business as" name in a local newspaper.Prior to filing a fictitious name statement, it is recommended that you call the Los Angeles County Clerk's Office and determine if in fact your business name is already in use. Los Angeles County ClerkPermit Assistance CenterBusiness Revitalization Center201 North Figueroa StreetLos Angeles, California 90012Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday(213) 974-0093www.calgold.ca.gov/BRC/To file a fictitious name statement, you must contact the local newspaper. The paper will file your DBA statement and publish your new business name. (paper contact link) The Pasadena Star-News911 East Colorado BoulevardPasadena, California 91106(626) 578-6300www.pasadenastarnews.com/
Contact the State of California to file proper State Tax forms and obtain labor standards for employees. Obtain a State Board of Equalization resale permit, if required.
A) If you have followed the first steps, you should be able to supply the City with the following information for a business license:
B) Depending on the type of business you plan to conduct, you may be required to have:
C) When filing for a license, you will need the following to complete the application process:
City of Pasadena, Business License Office100 N. Garfield Avenue, Room N106Pasadena, CA 91101(626) 744-4166Board of Equalization1282 Crossroads ParkwayIndustry, California 91715 (562) 908-5280http://www.boe.ca.gov/ California Department of Consumer Affairs400 R Street, Suite 1040Sacramento, California 95814(800) 952-5210 or (916) 445-1254http://www.dca.ca.gov/ City of Pasadena -- Municipal Services Department100 North Garfield Avenue, Room N106Pasadena, California 91101(626) 744-4166www.cityofpasadena.net/finance/Employment Development DepartmentEmployment Tax Office10330 Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 150Santa Fe Springs CA 90670(888) 745-3886 (toll-free)http://www.edd.cahwnet.gov/ Pasadena Development Corporation1015 North Lake Avenue, Suite 105Pasadena, California 91104(626) 398-9971www.pdcloans.orgPasadena Enterprise Center1015 North Lake Avenue, Suite 100Pasadena, California 91104(626) 398-9974http://pec-sbi.org/ Pasadena Health Department1845 North Fair Oaks AvenuePasadena, California 91103(626) 744-6055http://www.cityofpasadena.net/publichealth/
Provides services on a self-assessment basis to provide a wide range of services to supplement city services. Such services include security, maintenance, marketing, economic development, and special events amongst others. The city has 3 districts: Old Pasadena, Playhouse and South Lake. Ombudsman ServicesProvides coordination services with other City departments, as well as local, regional, county, state and federal agencies. Services may include permit expediting, project coordination and site location assistance. Referral services to appropriate agencies for other technical and financial assistance programs, as well as coordination of such services. Technical AssistanceReference Service; Specialized Business Research; Customized Resource Lists for Presentations; Computer Database Searches; Online Magazine, Newspaper and Health Indices (InfoTrac); Internet Access; Teleconferencing Facility and Meeting Rooms (for a fee). A Business Librarian is available to discuss the Library’s business sources and services on an individual basis. Enterprise ZoneState program to provide credits such as Hiring Tax Credit, Sales and Use Tax Credit, Business Expense Deduction, 15-Year Net Operating Loss Carryover, Net Interest Deduction for Lenders, and Employee Tax Credit Incentive for Historic Preservation Provides businesses with limited architectural services, waiving of select development permit fees, and availability of grant funds for the restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of structures conforming to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Incentives for Research and Development Facilities and BusinessesProvides businesses and facilities with incentives which include priority plan check review and fee reductions or waivers to those who qualify as a Research and Development facility.Commercial Energy Auditing Program Available as no cost to customers to evaluate the energy efficiency of a facility and provide recommendations for reducing energy costs. Up to $500,000 in rebates for energy saving measures. Small Business Loan Program Provides technical assistance to support loan requests and business management. Loan program websites are Pasadena Development Corporation and Small Business Administration. Small Business Incubators Available for start-up and new businesses to provide affordable office space, management support and counseling, shared equipment, conference rooms, receptionist and access to loan programs. Incubators include the Pasadena Enterprise Center, CO2 and the Business Technology Center. Storefront Improvement Program (On hold due to State budget restrictions) Pasadena’s Storefront Improvement Program provides assistance to commercial business and property owners in the redevelopment areas and targeted neighborhood improvement areas within the Business Districts of Pasadena. This matching grant storefront improvement program has been implemented to stimulate efforts to improve the street appearance of Pasadena's commercial and business facades and renovation, restoration and preservation of the Pasadena’s many historic buildings. Foothill Private Industry CouncilFinancial Assistance - Up to 50% reimbursement for wages to a PIC-referred applicant when hired and placed under an on-the-job training program. Other state or federal tax credits may be available for hiring qualified applicants from specially targeted groups. Technical Assistance - Prescreening and recruitment of potential employees using a business’s criteria and development of customized training programs are available at no cost to employers. Integrated Waste Management Board Financial Assistance – Recycling Marketing Development Zone (RMDZ) Revolving loans provide businesses within these specially designated area 50% of the cost of a project, up to a maximum of $1,000,000 (per quarterly funding period), for purchase of building, equipment or working capital that support the use of post consumer waste material. Maximum term is ten years at below market interest rates.