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A Guide to Establishing and Conducting a Business in Palm Springs

The City of Palm Springs welcomes new businesses, and values the many businesses that have made Palm Springs their home. Please use the following information for reference as you complete your Business License Tax Application. The Business License program is governed by Palm Springs Municipal Code (PSMC) Chapter 3.40 through 3.96, which can be found at the following link:  http://www.qcode.us/codes/palmsprings/

Who is required to have a Business License?

A valid Business License is required for all entities doing business within city limits.  This includes businesses located within Palm Springs as well as businesses located outside the city limits that conduct business activity within Palm Springs. The requirements also apply to home occupation businesses operating out of an in-city residential address, and businesses utilizing workspace or virtual office space within an existing in-city business.

Are there any exceptions?
Those businesses specifically exempted by State or Federal statute. Please see the Palm Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 3.48 for further information.

What are the Federal, State, and County requirements I need to take care of prior to starting a Business License Tax Application with the City?

It is important to familiarize yourself with the requirements that will need to be completed prior to submitting your application. The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development website provides a list of requirements based on your location and type of business. This tool can be found at the following link:  http://www.calgold.ca.gov/.

The following is a list of information you will need to gather to prior to completing your application:

  • Federal Tax ID (TIN) or Employer ID (EIN) number. This number is required for all types of ownerships except individual. If you are an individual owner, please provide a valid State Driver’s license number on your application.For information on obtaining a TIN/EIN number, please visit the following link:https://www.irs.gov/.

     

  • Business Entity Filing with the State (California Secretary of State). The State maintains records and provides information to the public relating to business entities (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other business filings). If required for your type of business, please include your State Entity Number on your application. For more information, please visit the following link:https://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/

     

  • Fictitious Business Name (FBN) or Doing Business As (DBA) statement.This statement is required if the business name does not include the owner’s surname (last name) or if it contains words suggesting the existence of additional owners. A Fictitious Business Name Statement is filed with the Riverside County Clerk’s Office (in Palm Desert or Riverside). If the County determines that the statement is required, you will need to provide a copy with your application.For more information, please visit the following link:https://www.asrclkrec.com/fictitious-business-names.

      

  • Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code. Due to reporting requirements under California State Senate Bill 205 (SB 205), a SIC Code will be required on all applications. A SIC Code is used as a way to standardize business classifications and descriptions. You can look up the SIC code based on your type of business by visiting the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health administration website:https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sicsearch.html.

     

  • California State Water Resources Control Board. Per California State Senate Bill 205 (SB 205), businesses with certain Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes are required to demonstrate enrollment and possession of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) storm water permit, if required.You can compare your business SIC Code to the list of impacted codes by visiting the following link: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/sicnum.shtml. If it applies, please provide your Waste Discharge Identification (WDID), Notice of Non-Applicability (NONA), or No Exposure Certification (NEC) number on your Business License Tax Application.For more information on SB 205 permit requirements, please visit the following link: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/sb_205_business_license_requirements.html.

     

  • California State Board of Equalization Seller’s Permit.If your business intends to sell or lease tangible personal property, you will need to obtain a Seller’s Permit.For more information, please visit the following link:https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/taxes-and-fees/faqseller.htm.

What does the City Business License Tax Application process look like?

The process and requirements vary based on the type and location of the business, and In-City Businesses may be subject to inspections from Building, Fire and Safety, or other requirements and supplemental application forms.  The general process is as follows:

  • In-City Commercial Business

    1. Gather all required information for the application.
    2. Complete and print the application via the fillable form online, or obtain a blank printed copy from the Finance Department at City Hall.
    3. Visit the Planning Department at City Hall to obtain zoning clearance and signoff.
    4. If determined necessary by the Planning Department, please visit the Building Department at City Hall to setup any inspections and signoff.
    5. Visit the Finance Department for an initial review of your application, and to pay the $184.00 Fire and Safety Inspection Fee.
    6. Review the New Business Fire Inspection Checklist and schedule a Fire and Safety Inspection. For more information, and to schedule an Inspection, visit the following link: https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/fire-department/request-a-new-business-fire-inspection.
    7. Once you have received all necessary inspections and signoffs, return to the Finance Department to submit your application, calculate your remaining fees, and make your payment.
  • Out-of-City Business

    1. Gather all required information for the application.
    2. Complete and print the application via the fillable form online, or obtain a blank printed copy from the Finance Department at City Hall.
    3. Call, email, or visit the Finance Department if you have questions or need assistance calculating your fees, and submit your application and payment via mail or in person at the Finance Counter.
  • In-City Home Occupation

    1. Gather all required information for the application.
    2. Complete and print the application via the fillable form online, or obtain a blank printed copy from the Finance Department at City Hall.
    3. Complete the supplemental “Home Occupation Permit” document via the fillable form online, or obtain a blank printed copy from the Finance Department at City Hall. A one-time Home Occupation Fee of $30.00 will be assessed.
    4. Call, email, or visit the Finance Department if you need assistance calculating your remaining fees, and submit your application and payment via mail or in person at the Finance Counter.

       

  • Workspace within an Existing In-City Business

For certain types of businesses that share office space, the Building Inspection and Fire and Safety Inspection may be waived if the applicant is conducting a similar type of business in space provided that has already been subject to Building and Fire and Safety Inspections. The business providing space must have a current business license. Examples include real estate agents occupying workstation or conference room space within a real estate office, hair stylists utilizing a station within a salon, and lawyers or other professional trades occupying workstation or conference room space within an existing office.

  1. Gather all required information for the application.
  2. Complete and print the application via the fillable form online, or obtain a blank printed copy from the Finance Department at City Hall.
  3. Complete the supplemental “Workspace within an Existing In-City Business” document via the fillable form online, or obtain a blank printed copy from the Finance Department at City Hall.
  4. Call, email, or visit the Finance Department if you need assistance calculating your fees, and submit your application and payment via mail or in person at the Finance Counter.

Verification of the current business license for the business providing space will be completed by the Finance Department.

How can I get more information?

For more information please contact the Business Tax Division at Business.License@palmspringsca.gov or call (760) 323-8289. 

City Hall is Open 8 am – 6 pm PST, Monday through Thursday, and
Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.

  

 ** IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION REGARDING BUSINESS LICENSES**


If you have received a notice from MuniServices, LLC, please read the following:

 

The City of Palm Springs has recently contracted with MuniServices, LLC, to assist with enforcement and collection of business taxes administered by this office. If you received a notice with an application and need assistance, require information, or believe that the notice does not apply to you, please contact a MuniServices' Tax Specialist directly at (800) 987-0999, Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PT. IF YOU HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY AVENU (AKA MUNISERVICES) PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR MAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO CITY HALL. Please complete and mail the application enclosed in the notice directly to:

    City of Palm Springs
    c/o Business License Processing Center
    P.O. Box 27947
    Fresno, CA  93729-7947

Click here for a sample of the business tax discovery letter you may have already received.

 


 

PAY YOUR BUSINESS LICENSE TAX RENEWAL ONLINE*

The City of Palm Springs offers online payments for Business License Tax renewals. Your online payment is a secure and environmentally-friendly option to make a payment of your annual Business License Tax renewal using either a credit card or bank account.

By clicking the link below, you will be redirected to a secure payment site, Value Payment Systems, where you will be required to provide your Renewal Number, which can be found on the bottom right corner of your Business License Tax renewal form. If you are paying your renewal after the due date or if your account is delinquent, please be advised that penalties will be added to your account which may not appear on the online renewal form. You will be responsible for payment of any and all penalties before your renewal certificate is issued.

If any of your information has changed since your last Business License Tax renewal, please DO NOT pay online and instead call the Business License Division at (760) 323-8289 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Please be advised that Value Payment Systems assesses a convenience fee of 2.49% of the payment amount (minimum fee of $1.95) for credit card transactions and $1.95 fee for e-check transactions.

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* We accept Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards (MasterCard, Visa & Discover) in our office.


 

Forms / Applications
Business License Application Instruction Sheet & Fee Scale
Business License Tax Application
Home Occupation Permit
Escort Bureau Application License
Escort Permit Application
Request for Temporary Event Permit
Application for Bingo Permit
Municipal Code regarding Massage Establishments
Massage Establishment Permit Application
Instructions for Massage Establishment Permit Application
Psychic Activity Permit Application
Soliciting or Canvassing Application
Municipal Code regarding home occupancy


 

California Legislative Assembly Bill No. 2184 (AB2184)  

Personal information collected for purposes of issuing a business license by a city shall be confidential, shall not be available to the public for inspection, and shall not be disclosed except as required to administer the licensure program or comply with a judicial warrant, subpoena, or court order.

(b) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) “City” includes a charter city and a city and county.

(2) “Personal information” means all of the following:

(A) An applicant’s residential address if the applicant provides a different address pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).

(B) A California driver’s license or identification number, an individual taxpayer identification number, a municipal identification number, and a social security number.

(C) Income and tax information.

 

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