Starting a Business
There are several steps to starting a business in the City of Rosemead. The steps may vary according to the type of business you intend to start, but this guide will give you a general idea of the process. It provides you with information about starting and conducting a business in the City of Rosemead and serves as a directory of telephone numbers that can provide assistance to new business owners.
Step 1: Determine the business location and obtain the required permits.
Selecting the right location for your business is crucial to its success.
Every business in the City of Rosemead requires a Business Occupancy Permit which can be obtained through the Planning and Building Division. The City of Rosemead has specific zoning requirements for different types of businesses. Prior to entering into a lease agreement or purchasing a piece of property, check with the Planning Division to determine if the type of business you wish to operate is a permitted use within the zoning district where it is located. If your business is not permitted in the zoning district, the Planning Division can advise you of the proper zoning district(s) for your business.
Step 2: Obtain the proper applications for a business.
When the location has been decided and the zoning has been cleared, you are ready to obtain an occupancy permit application from the Planning Division. Since all businesses don’t require a business license, it is best to check with the business license department to see if your particular business requires one.
Step 3: Obtain any permits or licenses required by the state or federal government for your business type.
The state and federal governments have additional requirements for businesses. Certain businesses are required to obtain permits from the Department of Consumer Affairs and State and local environmental agencies.
Step 4: Making an appointment with the Building and Safety Division.
Once the Planning Division has completed a site inspection to verify compliance with the Rosemead Municipal Code, they will sign your signature form. Once approved you can make an appointment for the final inspection through the Building and Safety Division to make sure that all requirements are met. If for some reason you fail the building inspection, you are required to correct all Building Code violations. Upon completion of all Building and Safety codes you are required to obtain an approval signature from the Building and Safety Division. After compliance with all the necessary steps you are ready for a business license.
Step 5: Submitting your business license application.
Once all the approval signatures from all the divisions have been obtained you can submit your application for a business license. Some business licenses may require background investigations that may take between 3-8 weeks. For a list of businesses that require background checks, please refer to the back of this brochure. Once cleared with all divisions, you will be called and informed to pick up your Business Occupancy Permit and your Business License.
Congratulations and Good Luck!!!
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