Business License Information

The City of Placentia welcomes new business enterprises, and values the businesses that make Placentia their home. The City strives to be a pleasant place in which to conduct business. As with many cities, the City of Placentia has a Business License Tax to help fund critical municipal services such as police, fire, public works and general government services.

 All businesses operating in the City of Placentia are required to have an annual business license for each of its locations. If you are opening a new business, buying an existing business, or transferring a business to your ownership, you must apply for a new business license under your name.

First Time Businesses

First time businesses will need to obtain a Building and Zoning Compliance Application, or an Application for Home Occupation Permit (PDF). The Building and Zoning Compliance Application and Application for Home Occupation Permit will only be approved in person at the Development Services counter at Placentia City Hall, 401 E. Chapman Avenue.

The Business License Application (PDF) may also be obtained from the Finance Department in City Hall.

How Much Does a Business License* Cost?

  • Retail Sales or Services
    • In City - $62
    • Outside City - $47
  • Contractors
    • Class A/B
      • In City - $134
      • Outside City - $119
    • Class C/D
      • In City - $89
      • Outside City - $74
  • Professional
    • In City - $89
    • Outside City - $86
  • Home Occupation Permit - $30
  • Building & Zoning Permit
    • Major - $135
    • Minor - $45

*Licenses will be charged an additional $4 for State mandated CASp fee

Online Renewal

The City of Placentia is pleased to offer existing businesses the ability to renew your business license online. You will need the online pin number which is located at the bottom right corner of your business license renewal notice and the business license number. To renew your business online, please visit the website.

Currently only Contractors, Cost of Doing Business, Exempt, Industrial/Storage, Professionals, Rental Property, Retail Sales, Services, and Wholesale/Manufacturing are allowed this feature.

Informational Brochures

BrochureLink
General Information on Business License in the City of PlacentiaBrochure (PDF)
Information Specific for Businesses residing in the City of PlacentiaBrochure (PDF)
Information Specific for Outside Contractors and ProfessionalsBrochure (PDF)

The City of Placentia looks forward to conducting business with you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. For an up to date listing of recent Placentia Businesses, view the archive.