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Business permits and other requirements in the City of Oakland (Alameda County) for business types:

Building and Construction Permit
city

Required for all new and remodeling construction within city limits.

agency note:
Zoning, * * Building and Civil Engineering Permits, Field Inspectors, Engineering Services, and Seismic, 2nd Floor, Planning Division 3rd Floor. * * Note: Separate Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical permits are required.

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City of Oakland
Planning and Building Department
Permits Center
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Room 2114 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-238-3443
website
For Office Locations... application
Business License - Business Tax Certificate
city

Required for all entities doing business in the unincorporated part of the County.


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City of Oakland
Business Tax Section
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 1320
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-238-3704
website
For Office Locations... application
Fire Prevention Information/Inspection
city

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

agency note:
Hazardous Material Permits, US Enforcement/Inspections. Bars on Windows Inspections, R-1 Multi-Dwelling Inspections and Fire Prevention Inspections/Business Plan.

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City of Oakland
Fire Department
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-444-2489
Fax: 510-238-3254
website
For Office Locations... application
Hazardous Materials / Waste Management Program
city

Subject to local CUPA/HMUPA and accidental release program if handling any hazardous materials, generating or treating hazardous waste, storing in above ground or underground storage tanks.


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CUPA (Certified Unified Program Agency): City of Oakland
Oakland City Fire Department
1605 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-238-3856
Fax: 510-238-7924
website
For Office Locations... application
Police Regulations/Public Safety Permit
city

Some city police departments may issue a permit i.e. burglar alarm, parades, taxi cab, massage parlors, solicitors, etc. - Requirements and Special Events vary from city to city.


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City of Oakland
Police Department
Police Permits/Traffic Violations
455 7th Street
Oakland, CA, 94607
Phone: 510-777-3333
Fax: 510-238-7196
website
For Office Locations... 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.


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County of Alameda
Alameda County Clerk Recorder
Fictitious Business Name
1106 Madison Street
Oakland, CA, 94607
Phone: 510-272-6362
website
For Office Locations... application
Hazardous Materials / Waste Management Program
county

Subject to local CUPA/HMUPA and accidental release program if handling any hazardous materials, generating or treating hazardous waste, storing in above ground or underground storage tanks.

agency note:
Environmental Protection Services that conduct inspections of retail facilities where food and drink are handled, stored, served or sold. Also inspect for compliance in Health and Safety Housing.

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CUPA (Certified Unified Program Agency): County of Alameda
Department of Environmental Health
1131 Harbor Bay Parkway
Alameda, CA, 94502
Phone: 510-567-6700
Fax: 510-337-9335
website
For Office Locations... application
Air Tanks Permit
state

Required of all businesses using (1) pressurized tanks with a volume greater than 1.5 cubic feet and containing greater than 150 PSI (pounds per square inch) of air; (2) Steam boilers over 15 PSI; or (3) retail stationary propane tanks.

agency note:
"To apply for a "Permit to Operate" for an air tank, liquefied petroleum tank or a boiler, click on the link Pressure Vessel Inspection Request Form."

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Department of Industrial Relations
Pressure Vessel Unit-North
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1302
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-622-3066
Fax: 510-622-3063
website
For Office Locations... 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.

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Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: 916-657-5448
website
For Office Locations... 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.

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Department of Fair Employment and Housing
2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA, 95758
Phone: 916-478-7251
Fax: 510-622-2951
website
For Office Locations... application
Industrial Activities Storm Water General Permit
state

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit No. CAS000001 includes waste discharge requirements for discharges of storm water associated with industrial activities, excluding construction activities.


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Cal/EPA
Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: 916-341-5455
website
For Office Locations... 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.

agency note:
Certain Permits/Licenses/Certifications may be required for compliance with Health and Safety Standards. General Industry Safety Order, Carcinogen regulations and Construction Safety orders i.e. excavation/trenching, asbestos related work, crane/derrick operation, air/liquid-petroleum gas tanks, etc.

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Department of Industrial Relations
Cal/OSHA
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1901
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-286-7000
Fax: 510-286-7037
website
For Office Locations... 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.


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Employment Development Department
Employment Tax Customer Service Office
P.O. Box 2068
Rancho Cordova, CA, 95741
Phone: 888-745-3886
website
For Office Locations... 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

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Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Sales/Use Tax Division
PO Box 942879
Sacramento, CA, 94279
Phone: 800-400-7115
website
For Office Locations... application
State EPA Identification Number
state

Required of businesses that generate, surrender to be transported, transport, treat, or dispose of hazardous waste.

agency note:
DTSC issues State Generator EPA ID Numbers. You may be referred to Federal EPA if you generate over 100 kg per month of RCRA waste (1-415-495-8895) or 1 *800) 6186942 or outside California (916) 255=1136

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Department of Toxic Substances Control
Generator Information Services
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: 800-728-6942
website
For Office Locations... 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.

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

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


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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 Office Locations... application
Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR's)
state

Any facility or activity that discharges, or proposes to discharge, waste that may affect groundwater quality or from which waste may be discharged in a diffused manner (e.g., erosion from soil disturbance) must first obtain waste discharge requirements


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Cal/EPA
Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: 916-341-5455
website
For Office Locations... 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.


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Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Workers' Compensation
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Phone: 415-703-5020
website
For Office Locations... 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.


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U.S. Department of Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
1301 Clay Street, 110S
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 800-829-4933
website
For Office Locations... application
Proof of Residency Requirement
federal

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


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U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
San Francisco Field Office
444 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA, 94111
Phone: 800-375-5283
website
For Office Locations... application
Filter Permits & Licenses
Level of Government:
Consulting Training and Financial Assistance

May be used for business assistance information and answers to basic business questions. Business owners can utilize consultant's and information resources to examine new business opportunities, to develop financial or marketing skills, or to evaluate virtually any part of their business.


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Alameda County SBDC
Consulting Training and Financial Assistance
475 14th Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-208-0410
Fax: 510-208-0413
website
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Two free programs assist businesses in Alameda County to prevent pollution and waste and save movey.


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County of Alameda
Stop Waste Partnership
1537 Webster Street
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: 510-891-6500
Fax: 510-893-2308
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.


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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
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.

agency note:
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.

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U.S. Small Business Administration
San Francisco District Office
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA, 94105
Phone: 415-744-6820
website