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Yes, a business license is required if you are renting your home or even a room.
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The following list includes items/documents that may be required by Business License before a business license can be issued. Bold items indicate that special conditions are required or the activity is prohibited when working out of the home.
Doing Business As
The requirements to establish a new business in the City vary by the type and location of the business. You will need to verify the zoning, building, and license requirements applicable to your business. Zoning information is available with the Planning Division located at 38250 Sierra Highway or at 661-267-5200. Business License information is available at 38250 Sierra Highway or at 661-267-5434.
Staff is available to answer your questions by telephone from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. City staff recommends a careful check of the location's zoning, parking, permitted uses, and Building and Safety records before you buy or lease the property to establish a business. This assures you that the business is allowed in the zone, that development requirements are met, and that no known code violations exist on the property preventing investment of time and money in a site which will not meet your needs.
To establish a business in your home, you will need a Home Occupation Permit (HOP) approved by Planning. Businesses may be conducted out of a residence provided they meet certain requirements. In order to protect other residents in a neighborhood, any business operated out of a home must not change the appearance of the house, attract commercial traffic, or involve outdoor operations or storage.
A Zoning Clearance - Occupancy Review Form is required prior to a business being established in an existing building in any commercial/industrial zone in the City. Zoning clearances are approved by Planning and Building & Safety. This is an in-person procedure and is usually handled at the time the form is submitted. However, staff may have to retain the form if additional research or site inspections are needed. Changing the use of a building from one type of use to another (for example, from retail sales to a restaurant) may require additional permits and/or modifications to the site.
Verification & Requirements
Planning verifies that the General Plan and Zoning designations for the location permit the establishment of your business at the site you have chosen. They also verify that parking, access, and signage meet City standards. Building & Safety reviews their building permit files to confirm that there are no outstanding building permits and that the building is safe for the business requesting a permit.
They may also require additional paperwork/permits from other permitting agencies, such as the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Health Department, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD), and Los Angeles County Sanitation District. Fees vary for inspections. You may contact Building & Safety at 661-267-5353 for more information regarding fees and special permits.
If you are doing business in the City of Palmdale, you are required to have a business license. This includes businesses located outside of the City and single-family rentals.
You can apply for a Seller’s Permit online with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration or by phone at 800-400-7115.
Filing for a DBA is a two-step process:
Business licenses are non-transferable. If you sell your business, it is your responsibility to notify our office so your license may be closed. The new owner must apply for a new license in his/her name.
Every business operating from residential premises within the City is required to have a Home Occupation Permit and comply with all applicable provisions of the Palmdale Municipal Code relating to home-based businesses. Home businesses must apply for and receive an approved Home Occupation Permit before they apply and pay for their Business License. Planning approves these permits. For information on obtaining a Home Occupation Permit, please contact Planning at 661-267-5229.