If you are planning on opening a business located in the City of Arroyo Grande, or doing business within the City limits, you must first obtain a business license by completing and submitting a Business License Application form and paying the appropriate application fees. For questions about the form please contact Administrative Services at (805) 473-5400.
To determine if your business operates within the City limits, please refere to the City Address Listing.
You should also confirm with the Planning Division at (805) 473-5420 that your type of business is permitted or allowed at the desired location prior to lease execution or purchase. Some additional requirements and approvals required by the City are, but not limited to:
Before you open your business for the first time, you must schedule a business license inspection by calling the Building Division at (805) 473-5450. The inspector will check for proper use of extension cords, appropriate size and number of fire extinguishers, exiting issues and other fire and life-safety items.
If you intend to operate a business out of your home, you must obtain a Home Occupation Permit in addition to a business license. Home-based businesses do not require a business license inspection.