The City of Irvine requires all organizations operating within the City to have a business license (Code of Ordinances Section 4-6-201 and Section 4-6-207) prior to conducting business. Before starting a business 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.
In accordance with City Council Resolution 19-35, as of August 1, 2019, there is a $70 fee to obtain a business license for companies with 5 or more employees. The fee for companies with fewer than 5 employees is $50. An annual renewal fee of $50 will be applied to all businesses.
$4.00 Fee Required by the State of California:
On October 11, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1379, mandating cities to charge a State Fee of $4.00 to any business license application or renewal, effective January 1, 2018. This fee will provide a funding source for increased education on disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements to facilitate compliance with the federal and state disability laws.
For questions about this fee, contact the Division of the State Architect at 213-897-3995.
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 949-724-7128. The Business License desk is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.