If you conduct business in Fullerton or plan to locate your business operation in Fullerton, you will need a registration certificate.
The certificate is good for twelve months from the initial date of business. For example; if a business activity begins in Fullerton at any time during the month of September, the Registration Certificate will expire on the first day of September the following year.
The terms Business Registration Certificate and Business License have been used by various cities with the same intention: to show that a business has registered and paid a tax for the benefit of conducting business within a given city. The Certificate does not permit a business that is in violation of any law.
A Registration Certificate is non-transferable.
Some business activities are allowed from the home. Contact the Business Registration Division at (714) 738-6531 or (714) 738-5326 with a complete description of your business activity to determine if your activity qualifies for operation from a residence.
Obtaining a Business Registration Certificate benefits the business owner and the Fullerton community. Primarily, payment of the business tax generates revenue, which supports City services. Additionally, obtaining a certificate adds you to the list of businesses on file with the City. This extensive list serves as an information base and is regularly referred to by City staff when responding to public inquires. The greatest benefit is that upon compliance with the City's business certificate requirement the integrity of your business is known to the public.
The Business Registration Division must be notified within ten days of any change in the ownership, address, location, operation etc. of a business.
A certificate, license or permit from another agency does not exempt a business from Fullerton's requirements. The Business Registration fee is a tax levied on all businesses doing business in Fullerton.
A separate Registration Certificate is required for each business activity. If the same activity is conducted at more than one location a Registration Certificate will be required for each location.
The Business Registration Certificate is a document that allows you to conduct business in the City of Fullerton. The certificate contains information specific to your business and is in accordance with the Fullerton Municipal Code. An account number is assigned to your business at the time the certificate is paid.
The purpose of the City's business tax is to generate revenue to support general municipal services to our residents and commercial businesses. These services include police and fire protection, library services and maintenance of the City's parks and medians.