Open a Business

Opening A Business In Redondo Beach - Navigating The Permit Process

a flow chart on opening a business in redondo beach

How to open a business in Redondo Beach:

Step 1:

Contact the Planning Department at City Hall and make sure the zoning is correct for your new business address.

Every business must meet zoning requirements to insure that its business category and site are compatible. Before signing a lease or investing in a location, check with the Planning Department. You can view the city zoning map here.

The Planning Department is located at:

415 Diamond Street
Redondo Beach, California  90277
(310) 318-0637
Planning Department

Step 2:

File a fictitious name statement and file your DBA ("doing business as") name in a local newspaper.

  • Prior to filing a fictitious name statement, it is recommended that you call the Los Angeles County Clerk's Office and determine if your business name is already in use.
Los Angeles County Clerk
Permit Assistance Center
Business Revitalization Center
201 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California  90012
Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 
Monday - Friday
(213) 974-0093

  • To file a fictitious name statement, you must contact the local newspaper. The paper will file your DBA statement and publish your new business name.
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21250 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 170
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Step 3:

Contact the State of California to file proper State Tax forms and obtain labor standards for employees.  Obtain a State Board of Equalization resale permit, if required.

  • If your business will have employees other than yourself, contact the Employment Development Department for information on state withholding taxes, disability and unemployment insurance.
  • State Board of Equalization for "selling or acquiring any tangible items for repair or use in their business."
  • For businesses employing only the owners, contact the Franchise Tax Board for state withholding and corporation state taxes.
  • Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for your employer identification number. The IRS will also provide a "business person's kit," seminars for new businesses, additional information and required forms.
  • Contact the Small Business Administration which provides financial and management training to assist you in your business operations.
Step 4:

A) If you have followed the first steps, you should be able to supply the City with the following information for a business license:

  • Fictitious name and any County or State permits.
  • State resale permit number from the State Board of Equalization, if required.
B) Depending on the type of business you plan to conduct, you may be required to have:

C) When filing for a license, you will need the following to complete the application process:

  • Your business name and address
  • Your business telephone number
  • Description of your business
  • The number of employees on staff
  • The property owner's name and the telephone number of the person to contact in case of an emergency
  • The name, address, and telephone numbers of any contractors who will be involved in the operation of your business
  • Your social security number
  • Your Federal I.D. number
  • Your State employee I.D. number
  • Your Driver's License number
  • A check.  The business license clerk will calculate the permit cost based on the type of business and the number of employees.
For more information about obtaining a business license, click here.
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