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Business Registration

Business Registration

Business Registration

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  • The City of Fullerton has an agreement with HdL Companies LLC to provide  compliance management services on our behalf.   They  have a discovery program that is designed to identify businesses that are subject to local tax ordinances but are not properly registered.  HdL has been contacting business owners and owners of residential and commercial rental property regarding the Fullerton Municipal Code requirement to register and obtain compliance in obtaining a Business Registration Certificate (aka Business License).  If you have received a letter from HdL Companies out of Fresno, please feel free to contact their Business Support Center with your inquiries relating to the correspondence received from their office.  They are the contact agency that has all the details relating to the letter you received.
  • Our online services to register/apply, renew or  to make a payment will be delayed.  To expedite processing you can register in person, by email or fax and call to pay with a charge card by phone.  Please allow approximately 15 business days for the printing of your certificate.

The City requires that any person conducting, managing, carrying on or engaging in any business, trade, profession, or occupation in the City of Fullerton, obtain a business registration certificate from the City.

If you are registering a new business or making a change to an existing business, you must complete a Business Registration Application form and submit it with the appropriate payment to:

City of Fullerton
Business Registration Division
303 W. Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

  • Select Business Registration Online to go to our web page to register (Registration Temporarily Not Available), renew or pay online.  See Important Messages noted above.  (Online services are not available for all business types or multi-year delinquent accounts older than one renewal cycle)    
  • Select Download Application to download an application for print and register a new or amend an existing account in person, by mail, email or fax.

IMPORTANT:  Effective August 01, 2017, our administrative processing charges have increased.  Please refer to our Tax Schedule for information.

Businesses operating from a commercial location in Fullerton must hand deliver the application to the Community Development Department for approval prior to obtaining a Business Registration Certificate.  Community Development approvals are not available after 3:30 p.m.

Home Occupation Businesses require zoning review. If you are not sure if your business qualifies for a home occupation, please contact the Business Registration office.

For assistance with Business Registration inquiries, contact the Business Registration office.

For More Info

City of Fullerton
Business Registration Office
303 W. Commonwealth Avenue | Fullerton, CA 92832
714.738.6531 or 714.738.5326

714/525-8071 (fax)

Hours of Operation:  (As of March 18, 2020.the City of Fullerton will be limiting City Hall access to the public)
Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We are closed every other Friday.

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Revised:  3/20/2018