New Business Registration
Requirements



  1. CRITERIA FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION OF NEW BUSINESS
  2. The on-line business registration process requires that you meet all of the criteria listed below to be able to use the online process:

    1. Your business start date must be within the current calendar year.
    2. You are only opening one business location at this time.
    3. You have never registered your business with the City of Los Angeles, Office of Finance.
    4. Your business is physically located within the City limits or the business owner or his employees conducts business within the City limits.
    5. ATTENTION: Depending on the nature of your work, you may be required to pay registration fees. If so, you must be able to complete an electronic payment as part of the registration process. Please be prepared before you begin.

    If you do not meet all of the criteria listed above you may contact us or visit one of our office locations to register your business. You may also apply now by filling out the form and submitting the form by clicking the Submit by Email Button or saving it on to your desktop and emailing it as an attachment to Finance.CustomerService@lacity.org. This allows you to request a business tax registration but you will not immediately get a temporary certificate like you will with this application.



  3. INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE TO REGISTER A NEW BUSINESS ONLINE
  4. Through this on-line registration process you will be asked to provide information about your business. Please have the following information at hand for your registration.

    1. Social Security Number (if business is a Sole Proprietorship) or Federal Employment Identification Number (if business is either Partnership, Corporation, Limited Liability Company or Trusts)
    2. Description of your Business activities
    3. Legal Business Name
      1. Business Name - Doing Business As (optional)
    4. Business Start Date (which must be in the current year)
    5. Business Type (such as Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, etc.)
    6. Primary Business Address
      1. Mailing Address - if different from your primary business address
    7. Business Contact Information (such as your CPA, Controller, etc)
    8. Other information you may need to submit.
      1. Sales Tax Number
      2. Business/Professional Activity Code


  5. PERMITS YOU MAY NEED TO OBTAIN FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS

    1. Police Alarm Permit
    2. A police alarm permit is required if you have an alarm system at your business location within the City limits. You will be directed to the Police Alarm Permit Application at the end of this process if one is present.

    3. Tobacco Retailers Permit
    4. A tobacco retailers permit is required if you sell tobacco, tobacco products or tobacco paraphernalia within City limits. You will need to visit one of our offices to set up and pay for the tobacco permit

    5. Police Non Alarm Permits and Fire Permits
    6. There may be Police Non Alarm Permits or Fire permits required for the business activity you are engaged in. There will be some questions asked later that will help you to determine if you will need to come into one of our offices to complete this process.



  6. STEPS TO COMPLETE A NEW BUSINESS ONLINE REGISTRATION

    1. New Business Registration Application
    2. You will be asked to provide the following information needed to register a new business: Legal Business Name, Business Name/Doing Business As (optional), Business Start Date (should be in the current year), Business Type, Primary Business Address, Mailing Address (if different from primary business address), Business Contact Information, Sales Tax Number (if you have one please provide it) and Business/Professional Activity Code.

    3. New Business Registration Confirmation
    4. You will be asked to confirm your answers to the eligibility questionnaire and new business registration application.

    5. New Business Registration Application Confirmation email
    6. A new business registration application confirmation email will be issued acknowledging the submittal of your application and will give you additional step if you have any to complete.

    7. Temporary Tax Registration Certificate
    8. A temporary business tax registration certificate will be issued for you to print and display at your place of business. A permanent certificate will be sent via mail and should arrive within 4 weeks from completing your on-line registration. Please remove the temporary certificate and replace it with the permanent certificate.




If you need further assistance you can e-mail us at Finance.CustomerService@lacity.org or call (213) 473-5901 during weekday business hours.


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