Starting a Business

Business Registration

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita has a Business Registration Program through the Certificate of Use and Occupancy process which is applicable to all businesses throughout the City excluding home businesses which require a Home Occupation Permit. The Certificate of Use and Occupancy Permit has a one time fee that once approved it is valid for the life of the business. This permit acts as the city issued Business License but without the typical annual fee. The application for a Certificate of Use and Occupancy can be submitted Monday through Thursday 8:00 am 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon. *Please note that in addition to city requirements, all county, state and federal regulations also apply. For additional information on starting a business in the City you may call the Development Services Department at (949) 635-1800 ext. 6705.

 Home Occupations

Rancho Santa Margarita allows the operation of a business out of your home. The City Municipal Code Section 9.05.060 describes the operating standards of home occupations and Section 4.02.090 states the type of businesses prohibited from a Home Occupation. The application for a Home Occupancy Permit can be submitted Monday through Thursday 8:00 am 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon. *Please note that in addition to city requirements, all county, state and federal regulations also apply.  For additional information regarding Home Occupation Permits you may call the Development Services Department at (949) 635-1800 ext. 6701.

Issues related to home-based businesses can be called in 24 hours a day at 949-635-1800, ext. 6703. Make an online report through the City's Community Connection.

Ribbon Cuttings

We would love to celebrate your business. The RSM Chamber of Commerce offers ribbon cuttings. To schedule a ribbon cutting return a request form to info@rsmchamber.org.