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 requires a new business license 

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

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:

  • Please refer to our Establishing a Business or Expanding a Business Section below, it outlines all the steps and requirements you should complete before applying for a City business license.
  • Once those items are in order, you may complete the Business License Application online or by phone: http://SanFernando.HdLGov.com/ or (818) 898-1211
  • A separate license is required for each branch or location of business and for Swap Meet Business License. All business licenses are based on calendar year and expire on December 31, so they must be renewed January of each year.

Starting March 1st, penalties are assessed at a rate of 10% per month up to 100%.

Note: Licenses are not required for those businesses exempted by state or federal statutes.

CONTACT INFORMATION

(818) 898-1211 | Support@HdlGov.com
http://SanFernando.HdLGov.com

  • Contact the Planning Division to verify the zoning requirements, business signage and parking standards

Call (818) 898-1227 to obtain a Commercial Occupancy Permit Application and other related information.

  • 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.

Contact any newspaper. The newspaper will file your DBA statement and publish your new business name.

  • Obtain a State Board of Equalization (SBOE) resale permit, if required. Contact the SBOE to file the proper Sales Tax forms and obtain labor standards for employees.

Required for “selling or acquiring any tangible items for repair or use in the business.”

The permit must show the City of San Fernando business address.

  • Obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number.

Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for your employer identification number.

The IRS also provides seminars for new businesses, additional information, and required forms.

  • Obtain a Business License Application.

You may apply for a Business License online or by phone: http://sanfernando.hdlgov.com/ or (818) 898-1211.

Depending on your type of business, you may be required to bring the following documents.

– County Health Permit

– Alcoholic Beverage Control Permit

– State Contractor’s License

– Establishment & Cosmetology License

– Bureau of Automotive Repair License

You will need the following information to complete the Business License Application.

– Business Name & 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

  • 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.

The Alarm Permit fee is $25 per year.

Visit the Forms Section below for an Alarm Permit Application.

Contact the Business License Division for requirements and more information: (818) 898-1245.

  • Sign-up for Water, Sewer, and Refuse Services.

A $150 deposit is required for all new applications.

Contact the Utility Billing Division for additional information: (818) 898-1213.

  • Business License Fees.

The fee depends on the location and type of business.

A $22 processing fee applies to all accounts.

 

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

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

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
Sonia Gomez-Garcia Interim Finance Director (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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