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Business Registration

Business Registration

Business Registration

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           (Apply, renew or pay balance due)                                           (Submit by mail, email, fax or in-person)

  • ***IMPORTANT*** Access to City Hall will be limited until further notice.  We highly recommend  using our website for online services.  Business Registration Online Services will allow you to register/apply, renew or to make a payment.   To schedule an appointment, or if you have an inquiry, please call (714) 738-6531 for assistance.  Appointments will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • A mask is required to enter City Hall. When you arrive at City Hall, check in with the security guard at the door.  To expedite your time here at City Hall during your appointment, we are recommending that you complete the application online or download an application to complete prior to your appointment.  All applications requiring zoning approval by the Community Development Department will be done electronically and may potentially delay the issuance 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 prior to beginning your business activity.

If you are registering a new business or making a change to an existing business, you must complete a Business Registration Application form online, download and print an application to email or fax to our office or submit it with the appropriate payment to:

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

(714) 738-6531 or (714) 738-5326

  • Select Business Registration Online to go to our web page to register, 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)    You will be contacted by return email if we need additional information or to advise you we are ready for payment. 
  • Select Download Application to download an application to print and register a new or amend an existing account by mail, email, fax or in-person.


Please refer to our Tax Schedule for information regarding charges to register or amend an account.

If you do not register online, by email, fax or by mail, businesses operating from a commercial location in Fullerton will be electronically assigned for approval to the appropriate Department and may delay the issuance of your Business Registration Certificate.  Community Development approvals are not available after 3:00 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 at (714) 738-6531.

For assistance with Business Registration inquiries, contact the Business Registration office at (714) 738-6531.

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 that 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 at (657) 999-3855, 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.


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)
BusinessRegistration@cityoffullerton.com

Hours of Operation:  (for a limited time, access to City Hall will be by appointment only from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.)
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