Business Licenses & Permits

CalGold assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer and issue these permits.

The County of Nevada does not require a business license. There are two incorporated cities in Nevada County which do require a business license; they are Grass Valley and Nevada City. If you are conducting business within either of the above named cities you will need to contact that city hall (Grass Valley 530-274-4300, Nevada City 530-265-2496).

There are some instances when you will need to file both a fictitious business name statement with the County and a business license with a city. A business license is NOT required to conduct business in the Town of Truckee; however, a Home Occupation Permit is required in some instances.

A business license IS required within the incorporated city limits of the City of Grass Valley, an area including the Whispering Pines Industrial Park, the Spring Hill area on Idaho-Maryland Road, the Pine Creek Shopping Center, the Brunswick Basin, and the Grass Valley Shopping Center. A business license IS required within the incorporated city limits of the City of Nevada City.

Town of Truckee
10183 Truckee Airport Road
Truckee, California 96161
(530) 582-7700
City of Grass Valley
125 East Main Street
Grass Valley, California 95945
(530) 274-4300
City of Nevada City
317 Broad Street
Nevada City, California 95945
(530) 265-2496

California Department of Consumer Affairs

Some occupations such as accountants, cosmetologists, optometrists, etc., may require additional state licensing. Contact the State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs to determine what licensing board governs your profession.

California Department of Consumer Affairs
1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite N 112
Sacramento, California 95834
1-800-952-5210

Nevada County Tax Collector

A special business license known as a Hawker and Peddler License is required for: outdoor music festivals, carnivals, public dances and special events, door-to-door solicitors, peddlers, and itinerant businesses. Before the County Tax Collector’s office will issue a Hawker and Peddler license, the applicant must first see the appropriate City or County Planning Department (see Planning and Zoning below).

Nevada County Tax Collector
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-1285

Nevada County Recorder’s Office

If you operate a business under any name other than your own, you must file a fictitious business name statement. This is also referred to as a DBA (doing business as). Forms are available at the Recorder’s office, the Economic Resource Council, and the Chambers of Commerce. The completed form must be filed with the Nevada County Recorder’s Office. Within thirty days of filing for the fictitious business name, you must run a “Fictitious Business Name Statement” in a local newspaper with a general circulation. This statement will run weekly for four weeks. At the end of the four weeks, the newspaper will issue an affidavit of publication, which must be returned to the County Recorder within 30 days.

Nevada County Recorder’s Office
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-1221

Registration of Trademark/Trade Name, Patent, Corporate Filings, Notary Public, etc.

To register a trademark or trade name, find out specifics regarding corporate filings, notary public regulations, international business relations program, etc.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
1-800-786-9199
Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 657-5448

Environmental Health Permit

An Annual Certificate of Operation (C of O) is required for businesses that dispense food to the public; pump septage; operate community water systems with less than 199 connections, centralized sewage systems, underground storage tanks (USTs), public pools or beaches; store, generate, or recycle hazardous materials. The C of O permit is issued by the Department of Environmental Health and is required prior to operation.

Nevada County Environmental Health Department
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-1222

Seller’s Permit/Sales and Tax Permit

All businesses involved in the sale or lease of tangible personal property must register with the California State Board of Equalization for a seller’s permit, resale license or wholesale license. This permit will provide you with a registered resale number, which you are required to use when conducting business. Permits must be posted where they are clearly visible. You may register for a seller’s permit in person or by mail. Call the 800 number below to get an application or download one from the BOE website. To obtain more information on seller’s permit, resale license or wholesale license, contact the State Board of Equalization District Office in Sacramento.

State Board of Equalization
450 N Street
Sacramento, California 94279-0001
1-800-400-7115

Home Occupation Permits
(For Home-Based Businesses)

All businesses involved in the sale or lease of tangible personal property must register with the California State Board of Equalization for a seller’s permit, resale license or wholesale license. This permit will provide you with a registered resale number, which you are required to use when conducting business. Permits must be posted where they are clearly visible. You may register for a seller’s permit in person or by mail. Call the 800 number below to get an application or download one from the BOE website. To obtain more information on seller’s permit, resale license or wholesale license, contact the State Board of Equalization District Office in Sacramento.

Business Property Tax

Businesses are required to file an Assessor’s Business Property Statement annually, when requested by the Assessor or when equipment and fixture costs reach a total of $100,000. The form can be downloaded from the Assessor’s web site.

Nevada County Assessor’s Office
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-1232

Planning & Zoning

Before applying for any business license or permit, make sure your business meets local zoning requirements and any construction conforms to local building codes. Usually, building permits are required for new construction as well as building improvements and change in occupancy. If you are seeking a location for your business, thoroughly investigate zoning ordinances through the local planning department to be sure that your choice is zoned for your particular business activity. In some cases, zoning regulations will require a type of use permit for your business.

Planning

Nevada County Planning Dept
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-1759
Town of Truckee
10183 Truckee Airport Road
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 582-7820
City of Grass Valley Planning Dept
125 East Main Street
Grass Valley, California 95945
(530) 274-4330
City of Nevada City
317 Broad Street
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-2496

Building

Nevada County Building Dept
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-1222
Town of Truckee
10183 Truckee Airport Road
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 582-7820
City of Grass Valley Building Dept
125 East Main Street
Grass Valley, California 95945
(530) 274-4340
City of Nevada City
317 Broad Street
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-2496