Business Licensing

The City of Irvine requires all commercial and residential businesses operating within the City to obtain and maintain an Irvine business license (Code of Ordinances Section 4-6-201).  A business license application must be submitted within 60 days of the first date of conducting business.

In accordance with the revised Business License ordinance, effective August 14, 2015, there is no cost to renew or establish an Irvine business license but late fees and penalties still apply and can be paid online.

The business license requirement enables the City to maintain a database of businesses that operate within the City that is used for police emergency responses, sales tax purposes, and a multitude of demographic studies.  City of Irvine Business License representatives can be reached by email or at 949-724-6310. The Business License desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Business License Applications

Apply for a New Business License
Renew or Update a Business License

Additional Applications

Home Occupation Application
Change of Physical Location Application
Change of Business Name and/or Mailing Address

Online Services

Public information collected on the business license application is available and is beneficial in providing assistance to the business community for economic development purposes and coordinating business information with other government agencies.

Business License Search
Full List of Licensed Businesses in the City

Agencies to Contact Before Starting a Business

Community Development Department (Planning & Development Services)

Contact the City of Irvine Development Assistance Center at 949-724-6308 to confirm your business activity meets the land use requirements of the City's Zoning Code.

Business Assistance

Department of Industrial Relations Labor Laws and Workers' Compensation
Trademark and Service Marks California Only
U.S. Small Business Administration 714-550-7420

For information on aid, counsel, and assisting small businesses

Services Corporation of Retired Executives (SCORE) 714-550-7369
Monday thru Friday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
"How to Start a Business"
Irvine Chamber of Commerce 949-660-9112
Monday thru Friday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Membership Information
CalRecycle Waste & Recycling Compliance City of Irvine
Community Services Department
Mike Byrne

Michael Balliet
Michael Balliet Consulting

California law now requires businesses to recycle (Assembly Bill 341). All businesses that produce four or more cubic yards of trash (equal to 1 dumpster) per week must arrange for recycling services. You must contact the City of Irvine or its recycling consultant, SCS Engineers, for assistance in complying with this law and implementing a recycling program. SCS can provide a free waste analysis to determine the required trash and recycling services for your business. You can also check with SCS to see if you are eligible to receive recycling service free of charge.

Other Certification, Licensing, or Permit Agencies

Secretary of State

1230 J St. #100
Sacramento, CA 95814

Incorporation or business names
Orange County Clerk Recorder

12 Civic Center Plaza #101
Santa Ana, CA 92702
24031 El Toro Road #150
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Fictitious business name.
Internal Revenue Service

800-829-4933 (phone)
215-516-3990 (fax)

The IRS requires an SS-4 application to be filled out in order for you to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). This number is to be used in place of your Social Security Number.

State Board of Equalization

16715 Von Karman Avenue #200
Irvine, CA 92606

Obtain a Seller's Permit
Orange County Environmental Health

1241 E. Dyer Road #120
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Health Permits for businesses involved in food services
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

28 Civic Center Plaza #369
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Licenses to Serve Alcohol
Contractors State License Board


Contractor Licenses
Department of Consumer Affairs


Auto repair, airplane repair, hairdressers, etc.
Employment Development Department

2099 State College Blvd. #401
Anaheim, CA 92806

Disability insurance, income tax withholding, state, payroll, job services, etc.