New Business Guidelines

The Community Development Department has an “Opening A New Business In San Jacinto” guide that outlines the process and provides valuable information about opening your non-home-based business.

If you are running a home-based business, you need to obtain a business license & Home Occupation Permit, along with a fictitious business & resale license, if applicable.

Before opening a non-home-based business, you will need to complete these steps:

You can obtain the business license application and a guide for starting a new business from the forms section of this web site.


Certificate of Occupancy Application

Complete the City's certificate of occupancy application and return it to the Planning Division for review. As part of this review, you will need to talk with a planning staff person. Certificate of occupancy applications are good for only 180 days. Applicants who have not obtained all necessary inspections and approvals by the end of that period must reapply.

Without the certificate of occupancy and a business license, the Code Enforcement Division cannot allow your business to operate. So be sure to work closely with city staff to ensure that all necessary inspections and compliance is achieved. This will not only ensure that you will be able to open for business on schedule, but also that you and your employees will be safe in your new surroundings.

Once you've selected a site, set up an inspection of the premises with the Building Department at (951) 487-7330.

Please call 24 hours in advance of the inspection date that you desire. After the building inspector has inspected your building and signed off your certificate of occupancy, you can apply for your business license.

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Obtain EMWD Sign Off

If your facility is within the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) Service Area, you should know that all commercial/industrial applicants for building permits and/or certificate of occupancy must receive a release from EMWD prior to being issued a building permit or a certificate of occupancy.

To obtain a release, contact EMWD New Business Development Department at (951) 928-3777 Extension 2081.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 8300, Perris, CA 92572-8300.
Physical address: 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, CA 92570
Web site: www.emwd.org

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Business License Application

A business license is required to do business in San Jacinto, as in most cities. Applications are available at the Community Development Office.

You can download a business license application from this web site, or obtain one from City Hall.

Business license fees are based upon the type of business and number of employees. A State Board of Equalization number, workers' compensation, and contractor's license with expiration date may be required as a part of your business license application.

To determine whether you need a State Board of Equalization number, contact the board's regional office in Riverside at (951) 680-6400.

Fictitious Name
If you are not operating the business as a sole proprietor under your own name, you will need to file for a fictitious name.

To file for a fictitious business name, obtain a form from the local newspaper. Bring a copy of the application to the City's Community Development Office along with your business license application, showing proof that you filed with the newspaper. You do not need to wait for the legal ad to be published.

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Fire Department Inspection

The Fire Department may need to conduct its own inspection of your facility, as well. If this is necessary, the Building & Safety Division will let you know. You may schedule a Fire Department inspection by calling Riverside County Fire Department Planning & Engineering Section at (951) 955-4777.

To prepare for this inspection, and to ensure the safety of you and your employees, certain requirements must be met. They include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Fire Extinguisher
    All extinguishers must be in place and securely mounted on a wall from 3 to 5 feet off the floor. At no place in the building should any individual be farther than 75 feet from such an extinguisher. As a rule of thumb, this translates into one extinguisher for every 3,000 square feet of floor area. The fire extinguisher must have a current State Fire Marshall annual service tag or must be within its first year since purchase. (It must be accompanied by a receipt or other proof of purchase.).
  • Exits
    All exits must be free from obstructions and unlocked during business hours. Exit signs are required over all exits, with letters at least 3/4 inches wide and 6 inches high.
  • Housekeeping
    Buildings shall be maintained in good repair. Basements, floors, closets, attics and similar places shall be kept free from combustible litter or rubbish. Storage is not permitted in boiler rooms, mechanical rooms, electrical panel rooms, exits, passageways, stairways, corridors, etc.
  • Electrical
    Extension cords are prohibited in place of fixed wiring. Faulty or hazardous wiring is prohibited.


Building Department Inspection

When the business is completely set up with all of the operating equipment installed, call (951) 487- 7330 for a final inspection. This occupancy inspection is done by the Building & Safety Division. As before, call 24 hours in advance of the date you wish the inspection.

Without the certificate of occupancy and a business license, the Code Enforcement Division cannot allow your business to operate. So be sure to work closely with city staff to ensure that all necessary inspections and compliance is achieved. This will not only ensure that you will be able to open for business on schedule, but also that you and your employees will be safe in your new surroundings.


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