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Business permits and other requirements in the City of Carlsbad (San Diego County) for business types:

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Building and Construction Permits - City
city

Required for all new and remodeling construction, including change of occupancy.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

City of Carlsbad
Building Department
1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Phone: 760-602-2700
Fax: 760-602-8558
website
For more information... application
Business License - Business Tax Certificate
city

Required for all entities doing business within city limits. See "County Unincorporated" for businesses located outside of city limits.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

City of Carlsbad
Finance Department
1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Phone: 760-602-2495
website
For more information... application
Fire Prevention Information/Inspection
city

Businesses may be subject to a yearly inspection of facility - annual fee may be charged.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

City of Carlsbad
Fire Department
Fire Prevention
2560 Orion Way
Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Phone: 760-602-4665
Fax: 760-602-8561
website
For more information... application
Home Occupation Permit
city

Required for home-based businesses

agency note:
Application for Business License + Home-Based Business License Form

applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

City of Carlsbad
Finance
1635 FARADAY AVENUE
CARLSBAD, CA, 92008
Phone: 760-602-2495
Fax: 760-602-8553
website
For more information... application
Land Use, Zoning, & Sign Permits
city

Permitted uses, development regulations, zone change, variance, and conditional use permit.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

City of Carlsbad
Planning Department
1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Phone: 760-602-4600
Fax: 760-602-8558
website
For more information... application
Police Permits/Licenses
city

The city police department issues special permits/licenses for burglar alarms, towed vehicles, taxicabs, dances, second hand dealers, solicitors, and massage/adult businesses. - Requirements vary from city to city.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

City of Carlsbad
Police Department
2560 Orion Way
Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Phone: 760-931-2100
website
For more information... application
Authority to Construct/Permit to Operate
county

Required if any person constructs, alters, replaces or operates any units that emit, may emit, or may reduce air emissions within the Region. An Authority to Construct must be obtained before building or installing a new emissions unit or modifying an existing emissions unit that requires a permit. A Permit to Operate is issued after all construction is completed and the emission unit is ready for operation. A permit is required for any sanding, coating, painting or the venting of vessels into the air. In addition, a Portable Equipment Registration is needed for any portable welders (over 50-hp) you operate (i.e. welding shops).


applies to:
Advertising Agency

AQMD (Air Quality Management District): County of San Diego
Air Pollution Control District
10124 Old Grove Rd
San Diego, CA, 92131
Phone: 858-586-2600
Fax: 858-586-2601
website
For more information... application
Environmental Health Permits
county

Includes but is not limited to public swimming pools, underground storage tanks, x-ray equipment, water wells, septic systems, sewage pumper trucks, and solid waste handling & composting.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

County of San Diego
Environmental Health Department
P.O. Box 129261
San Diego, CA, 92112
Phone: 858-505-6700
website
For more information... application
Fictitious Business Name - Doing Business As Statement
county

A Fictitious Business Name (FBN) or Doing Business As (DBA) statement is required when the business name does not include the surname of the individual owner(s) and each of the partners; or the business name suggests the existence of additional owners; or the nature of the business in not clearly evident by the name of the business. For example Bill Smith and Sons Plumbing would require a FBN because the name implies additional owners, Bill Smith Plumbing does not require a FBN. Bill Smith Industries would require a FBN because it does not identify the nature of the business.

agency note:
Filing may also be completed at Offices in Chula Vista (619) 498-2200, El Cajon (619) 441-4480, and San Marcos (760) 940-6858. July 15, 1998: The County's Business Certificate Tax (BUSINESS LICENSE) is being repealed and no new applications or renewals are required at this time. Call County for further details.

applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

County of San Diego
Clerk/Recorder/Assessor
Fictitious Business Name
1600 Pacific Highway, Rm. 260
P.O. Box 121750 (Zip Code: 92112)
San Diego, CA, 92101
Phone: 619-237-0502
website
For more information... application
Corporation, Company or Partnership Filings
state

If you are considering becoming a corporation, (either stock or nonprofit), a limited liability company or a partnership (limited, or limited liability), you must file with the Secretary of State's Office.

agency note:
Also, if you are conducting business as one of the following, you must file a bond with the Secretary of State's Office: immigration consultant, credit services organization, dance studio, discount buying organization, employment agency, employment counseling service, invention developer, job listing service, nurses registry, or auctioneer or auction company.

applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: 916-657-5448
website
For more information... application
Discrimination Law
state

Harassment or discrimination in employment is prohibited if it is based on a person's race, ancestry, national origin, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, physical disability (including AIDS), mental disability, marital status, medical condition (cured cancer), and refusal of family care leave. Discrimination in housing, public services and accommodations is also prohibited.

agency note:
Employers must post the Harassment or Discrimination in Employment notice (DFEH 162) and provide their employees with a copy of the DFEH's information sheet on sexual harassment (DFEH 185) or a statement that contains equivalent information. Employers must also provide notice of an employee's right to request pregnancy disability leave or transfer, as well as notice to request a family and medical care leave (CFRA). Employers with 5 or more employees must maintain all personnel records for a minimum of 2 years.

applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Department of Fair Employment and Housing
2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA, 95758
Phone: 800-884-1684
website
For more information... application
License to Practice Law
state

Must be licensed to practice law in California


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services

State Bar of California
Office of Admissions
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
Phone: 415-538-2000
website
For more information... application
Occupational Safety and Health Information
state

Businesses with employees must prepare an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. The state provides a no-fee consultation service to assist employers with preventing unsafe working conditions and workplace hazards.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Department of Industrial Relations
Cal/OSHA Consultation Services
2000 E. McFadden Ave., Ste. 119
Santa Ana, CA, 92705
Phone: 714-558-4300
Fax: 714-558-4083
website
For more information... application
Registration Form for Employers
state

Required to file a registration form within 15 days after paying more than $100.00 in wages to one or more employees. No distinction is made between full-time and part-time or permanent and temporary employees in meeting this requirement.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Employment Development Department
Employment Tax Customer Service Office
P.O. Box 2068
Rancho Cordova, CA, 95741
Phone: 888-745-3886
website
For more information... application
Sales & Use Permit (Seller's Permit)
state

All businesses selling or leasing tangible property must obtain a Seller's Permit.

agency note:
For Additional information about RESALE CERTIFICATE go to this website: www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/faqresale.htm

applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Sales/Use Tax Division
PO Box 942879
Sacramento, CA, 94279
Phone: 800-400-7115
website
For more information... application
State Income Tax Information
state

Businesses should obtain the appropriate State income tax forms from the Franchise Tax Board.

agency note:
All businesses are required to submit a Business Income Tax statement annually.

applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Franchise Tax Board
Business Entities Division
PO Box 1468
Sacramento, CA, 95812
Phone: 800-338-0505
website
For more information... application
Wage/Hour Laws
state

Businesses with employees must comply with laws establishing minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Department of Industrial Relations
Labor Commissioner's Office
1515 Clay Street, STE 401, Oakland, CA, 94612
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-285-3502
Fax: 510-286-1366
website
For more information... application
Workers' Compensation Information
state

Businesses with employees must maintain Workers' Compensation Insurance coverage on either a self-insured basis, or provided through a commercial carrier, or the State Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Workers' Compensation
7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 202
San Diego, CA, 92108
Phone: 619-767-2083
website
For more information... application
Employer Identification Number (EIN or SSN)
federal

Employers with employees, business partnerships, and corporations, must obtain an Employer Identification Number from the I.R.S. Businesses can obtain appropriate Federal income tax forms from this location.

agency note:
Additional office locations: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-My-Local-Office-in-California

applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

U.S. Department of Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
880 Front Street, Suite 1295
San Diego, CA, 92101
Phone: 619-615-9555
website
For more information... application
Proof of Residency Requirement
federal

Employees hired after November 6, 1986 must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
San Diego Field Office
880 Front Street
San Diego, CA, 92101
Phone: 800-375-5283
website
For more information... application
Filter Permits & Licenses
Level of Government:
Small Business Administration - SBA

Training, consulting, business development, and loan approval services are available through the San Diego District Office. Programs include SCORE & SBDC, including international trade.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Small Business Administration - SBA
550 West C Street, Suite 550
San Diego, CA, 92101
Phone: 619-557-7250
Fax: 619-557-5894
website
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA renders assistance with special programs for women and minorities, financing for starting businesses, including developing business plans and providing information on other SBA programs.


applies to:
Attorney/Legal Services, Advertising Agency

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Washington Office Center
409 3rd Street, S.W. Suite 6400
Washington, DC, 20416
Phone: 202-205-6766
Fax: 202-205-7727
website