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Are Building Permit forms available on-line?
Yes! You can find, BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS, SITE PLANS, PARTY WALL AGREEMENTS and more!


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Can I get a Small Business loan?
You would want to contact the Small Business Association. Their number is (714) 550-7420.


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Can I put up a sign on telephone poles?
No sign may be placed or maintained upon any portion of a public right-of-way, including street signs, street trees or utility poles.


Can I renew my driver's license online?
You may want to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles. Their telephone number is (800) 777-0133.


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Do I need a license or permit to run a business out of my house?
Yes.  Further information is available on the City's Home Page under Online Services or you may contact the Business License Division at (714) 744-2270.

Do I need a permit for a new swimming pool?
Please contact Permit Services at 714.744.7200 for information regarding swimming pool permits.

Do I need a permit for a yard or garage sale?

Garage or Yard Sales
1. A sales event shall take place at one address no more than once every four months. However, the Community Development Director may authorize one additional sales events at one address within a four month period. Any person aggrieved by the action of the Community Development Director either authorizing or denying an additional sales event shall have the right to appeal the matter to the City Council for final determination.
 
2. A sales event may continue for up to a maximum of four consecutive days. When a sales event has begun and is actually interrupted by inclement weather, the sales event period may be extended by an additional sales day for each day of actual interruption until there is a total of not more than four sales days.
 
3. A sales event shall take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

4. Items to be sold at a sales event shall be “used” items which were part of a reasonable household use. No merchandise or new goods shall be brought in from another location for the purpose of being displayed or sold at a sales event. The term “a reasonable household use” shall be construed broadly in favor of the sale of the item.
 
5. No sign advertising the sales event may be placed or maintained upon any portion of a public right-of-way, including street signs, street trees or utility poles.
 
6. No item for sale or advertising sign shall obstruct any street, sidewalk, parkway, or driveway.
 
7. Any violation of this subsection shall be considered an infraction.


Do I need a permit for my business sign?
Yes, please contact the Current Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 714.744.7220 for more information.

How do I obtain a contractor’s license?
This is done through the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Their telephone number is (800) 321-2752 or http://www.cslb.ca.gov/ 

How do I renew my contractor’s license?
This is done through the State of California Contractors Licensing Board. Their telephone number is (800) 321-2752.

I am building a new house. Which departments should I talk to?
You should contact the Building Division of the Community Development Department at 714.744.7200.

I am opening a restaurant. What permits and licenses do I need?
You will need a business license from the City that you are located in.   If it is the City of Orange, please call (714) 744-2270 or visit the Business License webpage.

You will need to check with the County or Orange  Clerk - Recorder's Office about whether you need to file for a fictitious business name. Their number is (714) 834-2889 or http://www.ocgov.com/recorder/

You will need a sellers permit from the State Board of Equalization.  Their number is (714) 558-4059 or http://www.boe.ca.gov/ 

I am opening a retail store. What business permits do I need?
You will need a business license from the City that you are located in.   If it is the City of Orange, please call (714) 744-2270 or visit our web page.

You will need to check with the County of Orange Clerk - Recorder's Office about whether you need to file for a fictitious business name. Their number is (714) 834-2889 or http://www.ocgov.com/recorder/

You will need a seller's permit from the State Board of Equalization.  Their number is (714) 558-4059 or http://www.boe.ca.gov/ 

I am remodeling my house. What permits do I need?
Please contact Permit Services at 714.744.7200.

I am starting a new business... what licenses do I need?
There are numerous types of licenses available.  The type of license you will need is based upon the type of business you are going to conduct. 

Further information is available on the City's Home Page under Online Services or you may contact the Business License Division at (714) 744-2270.

I need a license for the sale of alcohol.
A conditional use permit is required for both on-sale and off-sale of alcoholic beverages. Please contact the Current Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 714.744.7220 for more information.

I need a license for the sale of beer and wine.
A conditional use permit is required for both on-sale and off-sale of alcoholic beverages. Please contact the Current Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 714.744.7220 for more information.

I want to become a taxi driver.
You may want to contact the Orange County Taxi Administratiion Program. They should be able to answer all of your questions. Phone: (714) 857-7202

I want to transfer my business to a new owner.
Business licenses are not transferable. You would have to close your account and the new owner would have to purchase his/her own license. Phone: (714) 744-2270

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What is a conditional use permit?
A conditional use permit is required for certain types of land use, due to the nature of the use, require special individual review. Such review is required to determine whether the proposed use, or the location of the use, is compatible with surrounding uses or can be made compatible through the imposition of development conditions. Contact the Community Development Department at 714.744.7220 for more information.

What is a certificate of occupancy permit?
A "Certificate of Occupancy" is a document that is produced by the Building Official after completion of most new construction and if there is a change in occupancy type (as defined in the Building Code) within an existing structure. (Exception: New single family homes and residential garages and storage buildings.)

Where can I apply for a Business License?
The Business License Division is located in the Finance Department Building, 300 East Chapman Ave., Orange, CA  92866. Applications may be obtained at the customer service counter which is open from Monday through Thursday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and alternating Fridays from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Applications may also be ordered by calling (714) 744-2270.

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Where can I go for General Business Assistance?
There are several organizations that can help you.  

One is the Employment Development Department is at (888) 745-3886 or check their website at www.edd.cahwnet.gov.

Their is also California Gold business permits. Their website is, www.calgold.ca.gov.

Another is Small Business Administration at (714) 550-7420 or www.sba.gov/ca/santa.

You can also contact Business License at (714) 744-2270 or visit our web page.

 

 

Who do I contact about filming in Orange?
For commercial filming and still shoot photography, please contact Paul Sitkoff at (714) 288-2590 or psitkoff@cityoforange.org for assistance. Sally Trejo coordinates student film permits. She can be reached at (714) 288-2596 or strejo@cityoforange.org.

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