Starting a Business in Citrus Heights
For operating and business reporting purposes, it is important to determine if you will operate your business as a sole proprietor, partnership (2 or more owners), corporation (1 or more stockholders/officers), or some other form of business entity.
State of California Secretary of State’s Office, Business Entities: https://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/
Step 2- Find a Location for your Business and Contact Citrus Heights Planning Division
Find a Location for your Business and Contact Citrus Heights Planning Division 916-727-4740.
Before signing a building property lease or purchase agreement, contact the City of Citrus Heights Planning Division to determine the zoning of the site, and whether or not your type of business is a permitted use for that location. In some cases, an additional permit may be required.
Step 3- Obtain Other Permits and Licenses
If you intend to alter, remodel, relocate or install any structure, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical portions of the building, you will need to contact the Building Department 916-727-4760.
When a building has a change of use the Building Department may require a tenant improvement.
The Building Division may refer you to outside agencies such as:
- Metro Fire: http://www.metrofire.ca.gov/index.php/inspectors
- Sacramento Sewer District: https://www.sacsewer.com/business-opportunities
- Sacramento County Health Department: https://emdinspections.saccounty.net/
Sign permits are required for any sign on the outside of the building including permanent and temporary signs or banners. Planning Division approval is required along with Building Division approve for a sign permit to be issued. (Building Division approval not required for a Temporary Sign Permit)
Step 4- Register a Fictitious Business Name
If you create a name that is different than your own legal name, you will need to file a fictitious name with the Sacramento County Finance Department: http://www.finance.saccounty.net/Tax/Pages/FBNGeneral.aspx
Step 5- Tax Reporting
All businesses are required to file both state and federal tax returns. Contact the California State Franchise Tax Board and the Internal Revenue Service to learn about specific requirements.
California State Franchise Tax Board: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/
Internal Revenue Service: https://www.irs.gov/
If you sell a product, you should contact the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to assist you in determining if a Seller’s Permit is needed.
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration: https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/taxes-and-fees/faqseller.htm
Step 6- Obtain a City of Citrus Heights Business License
The City of Citrus Heights Municipal Code requires that all businesses operating within the city limits must obtain a Business License . The fee for a Business License is based on the type of business. Businesses operating out of a residence are required to complete the Home Occupation Clearance form. It can take up to 60 days for the business license process, please provide all supporting information when applying this will help with the process.