Business Resources

The City offers a variety of resources for new and expanding businesses. Visit our Available Commercial Space tool and use the links to the left to access a variety of data. Contact City Staff at (949) 635-1800 ext. 6701 for additional information.

Starting a Business

Opening a new business or expanding an existing business can be confusing. Outlined below are four important considerations when considering starting a business:

1. Determine whether the type of business is allowed in the specific location you are considering. City Staff can help with this. Call the Planning Division at (949) 635-1800 ext. 6705.

2. Determine whether the type of business requires any special types of permits, such as a Conditional Use Permit. Contact the City's Planning Division at (949) 635-1800 ext. 6705 for assistance in determining permit requirements.

3. If any construction is planned, such as tenant improvements or new electrical or plumbing fixtures, a building permit is required. Contact the City's Building and Safety Division at 949-635-1800 ext. 6101. All businesses are required to obtain a Certificate of Use and Occupancy prior to opening, even if no building permits are required.

4. Determine if there are any permits required from regional, state, or federal agencies. The Cal Gold website,, is a comprehensive website that assists business owners in finding the appropriate permit information for their business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer and issue permits, including those for cities, counties, and various other departments. The Califonia Department of Tax and Fee Administration,, has specific information for new businesses.