Business License Information


The City of Orange welcomes your business to our city.

Chamber of Commerce

For information on becoming a member, please visit the website of the Orange Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau. The Chamber strives to meet the changing needs of the business community and create a working partnership with all the local components of business, government and the community.

$4.00 Fee required by the State of California

Governor Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 1379, requiring cities to increase the State Mandated Fee from $1.00 to $4.00.  This fee is added to all Business License Applications and Renewals. The new fee was implemented January 1, 2018.  See below for more information.

State Franchise Tax Board Information

The City of Orange has initiated a tax audit program utilizing information from the Franchise Tax Board to identify businesses that may not be reporting and paying their annual business taxes. A Business License is required for any business owner, business entity, self-employed person or business organization based in or operating from Orange. This includes home based businesses, independent contractors, home offices, and others. If you received a letter about this program or need additional information, we encourage you to click on the links below or call (714) 744-2239.

State Mandated Fee:

On October 11, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1379, directing cities to add an increased State Fee of $4.00 to any business license application or renewal, effective January 1, 2018.  This fee will provide a funding source for increased education on disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements to facilitate compliance with the federal and state disability laws.

For questions about this fee, contact the Division of the State Architect at (916) 445-8100

State Franchise Tax Board Information Documents