tel. (818) 898-1200      117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
Whether you are starting a new business or relocating a business to San Fernando, our Business Services staff is here to assist you!  Here are some key steps you will need to consider:
 

  • Verify Zoning Compliance
  • Obtain Proper Permits
  • Establish Water and Sewer Services
  • Apply for a Business License

Address changes require updated Business License and new Occupancy Permit 

Renaming a business requires a new Business License 

CONTACT US

CITY HALL | Finance Department

117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1212 | Finance@sfcity.org

Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday* 8 am to 5 pm

* Note: City Hall is closed every other Friday due to a 9/80 work schedule.

ANNUAL PERMIT FEE $25
FALSE ALARM CHARGE Free (first three)
$140 each (four to six)
$210 each (seven and each additional)
FALSE ALARM FOR ROBBERY ACTIVATION (PANIC BUTTON) $100 each
SEMI-ANNUAL BILLING (IF DIRECTLY WIRED TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT) $180 (business)
$90 (residential)
NO PERMIT ON FILE FEE $50

 

  • Do I need an Alarm Permit for my home or business security system?

Yes. Every resident and business owner must obtain an alarm permit from the City if they have active alarm system.

  • What does "False Alarm" mean?

False alarm means an activated alarm signal, which is responded to by the Police Department, for which no emergency situation exists.

  • How often do I pay for the Alarm Permit?

The Alarm Permit is renewable every year. The permits are issued based on the City's Fiscal Year (July 1 through June 30).

  • Do I receive a Permit Certificate?

Yes. An Alarm Permit Certificate will be mailed to you annually to display at your residence and/or business location.

  • How do I avoid false alarm charges?

In order to avoid charges for false alarm responses, please ensure that your alarm equipment is functioning correctly and that your family and/or employees are accurately trained and know how to operate the device effectively.

  • How do I avoid paying additional fees?

Avoid paying a $50 No Permit On File Fee by contacting the City to request an Alarm Permit Application today!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Sandra Soto, Senior Account Clerk
(818) 898-1245 | SSoto@sfcity.org

The Community Development Department oversees all Building and Planning activity; however, all fees are paid at the Finance Counter.
 

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Community Development page

WHO NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE:
 

Any person that transacts or carries on any business, trade, or profession in the City of San Fernando must have a valid Business Licenses issued by the City (SFCC §22-28). For businesses located within the City, a Business License must be obtained before conducting business. Businesses located outside of the City, even if licensed by another jurisdiction, must obtain a San Fernando Business License before doing any business in the San Fernando City limits.

The following questions can help assess whether you need a license.

  • Am I involved in the retail or wholesale selling of merchandise, equipment or other material items?
  • Am I leasing equipment or other items to others?
  • Am I receiving revenue from the rental of living accommodations?
  • Am I receiving rental revenue from property used by others to conduct business?
  • Do I have a California State Contractor’s License?
  • Am I in a profession that requires special certification or licensing?
  • Am I engaged in any activities which may be perceived by others to be of a “business” nature?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you need a City business license. 

 

The process is simple! Below, you will find the steps you should complete before applying for a City Business License.

Step 1: Verify the Zoning Requirements, Business Signage and Parking Standards

Contact the Planning Division to obtain a Commercial Occupancy Permit Application and get other related information: (818) 898-1227

Step 2: File a Fictitious Business Name Statement

  • It is recommended that you call the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office to determine if the business name is already in use: (800) 201-8999 or visit lavote.net
  • Contact any newspaper; the newspaper will file your DBA statement and publish your new business name

Step 3: Obtain a State Board of Equalization (SBOE) Resale Permit, If Required

  • Required for “selling or acquiring any tangible items for repair or use in the business”
  • Contact the SBOE to file the proper Sales Tax Forms and obtain Labor Standards for Employees: (661) 222-6000 or visit www.boe.ca.gov)
  • The permit must show the City of San Fernando business address

Step 4: Obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number

Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for your employer identification number. They also provide seminars for new businesses. For additional information and required forms, visit www.irs.gov

Step 5: Obtain a Business Licnese

  • Contact the City of San Fernando Business Support Center to obtain a Business License and determine the fee amount. The fee depends on the location and type of business: (818) 898-1211 or http://sanfernando.hdlgov.com
  • A $22 processing fee is charged to all new and renewing accounts
  • Depending on your type of business, you may be required to provide any of the following documents:

  • County Health Permit
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control Permit
  • State Contractor’s License
  • Establishment and Cosmetology License
  • Bureau of Automotive Repair License 

  • You will need the following information to complete the Business License Application:

  • Business Name and Address
  • Business Telephone Number
  • Description of the Business
  • Property Owner’s Information
  • Social Security Number
  • Federal Tax ID Number
  • Driver’s License
  • Articles of Incorporation, if applicable
  • Alarm Company Information

Step 6: Obtain an Alarm Permit for the Business

  • You are required to obtain an alarm permit if you have an active alarm system at the place of business
  • Contact the Finance Department for the application, requirements and more information: (818) 898-1245
  • The fee is $25 each fiscal year (July through June)

Step 7: Sign Up for Water, Sewer and Refuse Services

  • A deposit is required for all new applicants
  • Contact the Utility Billing Division for additional information: (818) 898-1213
CONTACT INFORMATION
 

(818) 898-1211 | http://sanfernando.hdlgov.com

All interested Swap Meet vendors must apply, in-person, at City Hall.
 

The following documents must be presented:

  • State Board of Equalization Seller’s Permit with name and swap meet address
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
     

The following fees apply for first time vendors:

  • Vendor Occupancy Permit: $27.50
  • Business License: $73.00
     

To renew the business license, each Swap Meet vendor must apply, in-person at City Hall, bring all the documents listed above and report the gross receipts for the preceding year.

The fee for the renewal license will be based on the gross receipts reported as follows:

  • $50.00 from $0.00 to $25,000.00 of Gross Receipts
  • $1.20 per $1,000.00 in excess of $25,000.00 (up to $1,000,000.00)
  • $0.60 per $1,000.00 in excess of $1,000,000.00

Additional Fees, include:

  • $22.00 Processing Fee
  • $1.00 State Fee
     

CONTACT INFORMATION

Sandra Soto, Senior Account Clerk
(818) 898-1245 | SSoto@sfcity.org

SELLER’S PERMIT State Board of Equalization
505 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 700, Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 543-4900 | www.boe.ca.gov 
 

25360 Magic Mountain Parkway, Suite 330, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 222-6000 | www.boe.ca.gov
FEDERAL TAX IDENTIFICATION NUMBER Internal Revenue Service
6230Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA
(800) 829-3676 | www.irs.gov/business/small
GARMENT INSPECTION Los Angeles Department of Health Service
2525 Corporate Place, Monterey Park, CA 91754
(213) 881-4029
SMOG CHECK Bureau of Automotive Repair (State Department)
27202 Turnberry Lane, Suite 250, Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 702-6600 | www.autorepair.ca.gov
FIXED LOCATIONS AND PUSH CARTS Los Angeles County Health Department
6851 Lennox Avenue, Suite 305, Van Nuys, CA 91405
(818) 902-4460 | www.lapublichealth.org
VEHICLE INSPECTION PROGRAM – CATERING TRUCKS Los Angeles County Health Department
5050 Commerce Drive, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 430-5500
FICTITIOUS NAME FILING San Fernando Sun Newspaper Or Any Newspaper
601 S. Brand Blvd., Suite 202, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 365-3111
COPY OF ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION Secretary of State – Los Angeles Regional Office
(213) 897-3062 | www.ss.ca.gov
ESTABLISHMENT LICENSE & COSMETOLOGY/BARBER LICENSE California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology
(916) 574-7570 | www.barbercosmo.ca.gov

The City Manager’s Office oversees processing of all Photography and Film Production Permits; however, all fees are paid at the Finance Counter.
 

CLICK HERE for Photography and Film Production Permit Information

Water and Sewer payments may be made at the Finance Counter during regular business hours, or via the night drop box located in front of City Hall.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Nick Kimball Finance Director (818) 898-7307 NKimball@sfcity.org
Sonia Gomez-Garcia Senior Accountant (818) 898-1215 SGarcia@sfcity.org
Eulalio G. Macias Finance Office Specialist (818) 898-1212 GMacias@sfcity.org

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE & PURCHASING DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Sandra Franco-Rivas Senior Account Clerk (818) 898-7345 SFranco@sfcity.org

BUSINESS LICENSE & WATER SERVICE DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Sandra Soto Senior Account Clerk (818) 898-1245 SSoto@sfcity.org

PAYROLL DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Monica Miramontes Senior Account Clerk II (818) 898-1216 MMiramontes@sfcity.org

TREASURER DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Margarita Solis City Treasurer/Treasurer Assistant (818) 898-1207 MSolis@sfcity.org
Luz Cruz Deputy Treasurer/Office Clerk (818) 898-1208 LCruz@sfcity.org

COMPUTER & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Knight Communications Consultant (818) 336-9139 Knight@sfcity.org

CITY EMPLOYEE DIRECTORY

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