For IN-CITY businesses, review the Business License webpage. For additional questions, please call (909) 364-2670.
For OUT-OF-CITY businesses, please call our contracted vendor, HdL, at (909) 740-3187 to apply over the phone.
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For IN-CITY businesses the total business license fee is $112.20 for the first year and $20.20 for subsequent years. These fees are updated annually. Please visit the Business License webpage for the most up to date information. Other fees may be required when opening a business in the City.
For OUT-OF-CITY BUSINESSES the total business license fee is $20.20 per year when paid through the contracted vendor, HdL. A $92 processing fee will be added if processed by City Staff. These fees are updated annually. Please visit the Business License webpage for the most up to date information.
Every business conducted from a home in the City of Chino Hills must have a Business License and a Home Occupation Permit even if the primary business activity occurs outside of the home. When business activity occurs outside of the home, then it would be considered a home administrative office. Both applications must be submitted together and can be found on the Business License webpage.
Cottage foods, as approved by the California Department of Public Health, are the only food types allowed to be made from a residential location. A City Business License and Home Occupation Permit are required.
The permit can be found on the Business License webpage or at the link below. You may also obtain the permit at City Hall in the Community Development Department.
Home Occupation Permit Application
The Home Occupation Permit will remain valid as long as the Business License is renewed annually before the expiration date and the business has not moved to a new location/residence in Chino Hills.
For commercial businesses, Business Licenses are processed at the end of the "project", versus at the beginning. Chino Hills requires that any business leasing space in a commercial center have an exterior wall sign and a Certificate of Occupancy (CofO). The sign shall be permitted, installed, and inspected before a CofO and Business License will be processed. Once all permits have been approved, the business license application will be processed and may take up to 2 weeks for a Business License certificate to be emailed.
A Business License is valid for one (1) year. A renewal notice will automatically be sent approximately thirty (30) days before the expiration date. If you do not receive a renewal notice before the expiration date, please contact (909) 740-3187. Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business owner of his/her responsibility to renew the Business License nor is it grounds for waiving any penalties due.
A Business License is not transferable. The license is terminated when there is a change in ownership. The new owner is be responsible for obtaining his/her own Business License.
The Business License and City processing fees are waived for honorably discharged veterans, or veterans released from active duty under honorable conditions, who engage in the sale of tangible goods for which they own, except alcoholic beverages. Service businesses are not eligible for these fee waivers. A Veterans Exemption form and copy of DD214 required at time of submittal.
No, a city Business License is not required for in-home day cares as they are are licensed through the State of California, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. Call (800) 952-5253 or visit their website.
No, a city Business License is not required as residential adult care centers are licensed through the State of California, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. Call (800) 952-5253 or visit their website.
Fictitious business names (or dba: doing business as) are filed with the San Bernardino County Recorder's Office. To contact the Recorder's Office call (909) 387-8306 or visit their website. The Champion Newspaper will file the fictitious business name with the County Recorder and publish your fictitious business name statement. To contact the Champion Newspaper, call (909) 628-5501, Ext. 14.
Contact the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration at (800) 400-7115, or visit their website.
Yes. All persons or businesses doing work within the City limits are required to obtain a Chino Hills Business License. To verify if the person you hired has a Business License visit Chino Hills Business License Search.
The City does not handle complaints about unfair business practice or poor service. If the complaint is regarding unfair business practice or poor service, contact the Better Business Bureau at (559) 222-8111 or visit their website.