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Licenses, Permits, & Other Regulations

When starting a business, you need to know how to comply with all government regulations. Why? Because noncompliance can result in costly penalties. If you are not sure about something... Contact Us.

We can assist you in avoiding these risks with information and help in the following areas:

  • County & City Offices
  • Other Permits and Requirements
  • Food Permit
  • Sellers Permit (Resale Permit)
  • State Income Tax/Corporation Registration
  • Business & Miscellaneous Licenses, Etc.
  • Liquor License
  • Excise Tax and Environmental Fees
  • Employer Taxes & Workers Comp insurance

   

Business Licenses & Permits
Stanislaus County

City of Ceres

2720 2nd Street

Ceres, CA 95307-3216

(209)532-4212

City of Modesto

1010 10th Street

Modesto, CA 95354-0847

(209) 577-5389

City of Hughson

7018 Pine

Hughson, CA 95326

(209) 883-4054

City of Oakdale

280 3rd Street

Oakdale, CA 95361

(209) 847-3031

City of Riverbank

6707 Third Street

Riverbank, CA. 95367-2305

(209) 863-7114

City of Turlock

156 S. Broadway, Ste. #230

Turlock, CA. 95380-5454

(209) 668-5540

City of Waterford

320 E. Street

Waterford, CA 95386-9005

(209) 874-2328

City of Patterson

33 S. Del Puerto Ave.

Patterson, CA. 95369-2546

(209) 892-2041

City of Newman

1162 Main Street

Newman, CA 95360

(209) 892-204

County of Stanislaus

1010 10th Street

Modesto, CA. 95354-0847

(209) 525-6330

 

Tuolumne County

County of Tuolumne

222 South Shepard Street

Sonora, CA. 95370-4734

(209) 532-4212

City of Sonora

94 N. Washington Street

Sonora, CA 95370

(209) 532-4541

 

Merced County

City of Atwater

750 Bellevue Road

Atwater, CA 95301-2598

(209) 357-6300

City of Dos Palos

1546 Golden Gate Ave.

Dos Palos, CA. 93620-2330

(209)392-2174

City of Gustine

682 3rd Street

Gustine, CA. 95322-1102

(209) 854-6471

City of Merced

678 W. 18th Street

Merced, CA 95340

(209) 385-6800

City of Livingston

1416 "C" Street

Livingston, CA. 95334-1417

(209) 394-8041

County of Merced

2507 Heritage Dr.

Atwater, CA 95301

(209) 385-7686

City of Los Banos

520 "J" Street

Los Banos, CA 93635

 

Miscellaneous Licenses, Etc.

County Building Permits and Inspections

(including construction and remodeling)

Stanislaus County

1010 10th Street (10th Street Plaza)

Modesto, CA 95354

(209) 525-6557

Merced County

2222 "M" Street

Merced, CA 95340

(209) 385-7477


Other Permits and Requirements

Staff will help identify any additional permits that may be required for your business and the departments or agencies where these may be obtained (e.g., Air Pollution Control District, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Environmental Health, Sheriff's Office, and Fire District). It is your responsibility to make sure your business has all necessary permits.

Environmental Resources Department

3800 Cornucopia Way

Modesto, CA 95358-9494

(209) 525-6700

777 W. 22nd Street

Merced, CA 95340

(209) 381-1100

 

To find more information on areas that affect your business, such as pollution control or to use or natural resources, contact:

Department of General Services

344 N. 7th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 445-5386


Food Permit

If you are producing, handling, or distributing food products to the public, you may need this permit. Fees vary depending on the type of business. If you are caught operating without a permit, the fee is doubled. When starting a restaurant or food facility or making changes (such as remodeling), it is necessary to get a Plan Check. Check with your local County Health Department.


Liquor License

You will need a license to sell liquor in your business. A limited number of new licenses are granted. You must fill out a pre-application and, if accepted, pay the following:

  • Beer/Wine for full restaurant - $300.00; $205.00 annual renewal fee

  • Beer/Wine for grocery store - $100.00; $34.00 renewal

  • Off Sale Liquor - $1274.00 transfer, $446.00 renewal

  • Bar - $1,250.00 transfer, $695.00 renewal

(Any pricing shown on this website is for informational purposes only. Actual prices may change at the discretion of each regulatory or government entity.)

Alcoholic Beverage Control Department

31 E. Channel Street

Stockton, CA 95202

(209) 948-7739

ABC Web Site


Seller's Permit (also know as Resale Permit)

If you sell a product you must collect sales tax and remit to the State. You do not have to collect a tax on services. There are regulations that govern certain types of businesses that are not "clear cut." For example, tailors offer both a service and a product. At a certain point they must collect tax on the labor. If you are in doubt as to whether or not your business falls under these types of regulations, contact the Board of Equalization.

Board of Equalization

31 E. Channel Street, Room 264

Stockton, CA 95202

(209) 948-7720 or (800) 400-7115 - recording

Board of Equalization

Online Sellers Permit Application

FAQs for Sales & Use Tax


Excise Tax and Environmental Fees

If you sell cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, energy, motor vehicle fuel, or deal with hazardous substances you must pay a special tax or fee. The local Board of Equalization can help direct you to the appropriate department:

Board of Equalization

31 E. Channel Street, Room 264

Stockton, CA 95202

(209) 948-7720 or (800) 400-7115 - recording

Board of Equalization


State Income Tax / Corporation Registration

Contact the Franchise Tax Board for forms to file individual state income tax. Also, you must register here if you are a corporation:

Franchise Tax Board

31 E. Channel Street, Room 219

Stockton, CA 95202

(800) 852-5711

Francise Tax Board


Employer Taxes

If you have employees, contact the tax office for a State Tax Identification #. Contact them also for disability insurance tax, state withholding tax, and unemployment insurance tax. Ask for the California Employers Tax Guide (Form #DE44).

Tax Branch

Employment Development Department

3340 Tully Road, Suite E-10

Modesto, CA 9550

(888) 745-3886)

Online FAQs for Employer Taxes


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