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1) Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for businesses that are limited due to zoning regulations. Please contact the Planning Department at 562-383-4100 to determine if your business will require a Conditional Use Permit.
2) Orange County Health Care Agency for businesses preparing or serving food or drinks. You can contact the OC Health Care Agency at 714-433-6000 or visit their website at http://ochealthinfo.com.
3) Alcoholic Beverage Control License (ABC) for any business that sells alcoholic beverages. You can contact the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 714-558-4101 or visit their website at http://www.abc.ca.gov.
4) South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for the demolition of structures larger than one hundred square feet requires that you file a Notice of Demolition and an asbestos survey with AQMD. Rules are adopted to reduce emissions from various sources, including specific types of equipment, industrial processes, paints and solvents, even consumer products. Permits are issued to many businesses and industries to ensure compliance with air quality rules. Please contact AQMD at 909-396-2000 or visit their website at http://www.aqmd.gov.
5) Preliminary Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) must be submitted for review and approval prior to the issuance of a building permit if your project requires a discretionary review. To understand the type of WQMP to prepare for your project, please contact Melissa You with the Engineering Division at 562-383-4151.
CalGOLD is a very helpful State website to find out what kinds of permits your business requires and who to contact. Their website is http://www.calgold.ca.gov.
Most businesses require a City business license. To determine if a business license is required, please call the City of La Habra Business License Division at 562-383-4065. As of June 1, 2020, counter hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., City Hall is closed every Friday.
A home-based business requires a Home Occupation Permit Application (HOPA), with a one time fee as specified in the Master Fee Schedule. The HOPA must be approved by Planning Division. It usually takes 3 - 5 working days. You will be notified whether your permit is approved or not approved. If your HOPA is approved, you will be issued an approval number, and you must then apply for a City Business License. You can fill-up the application online, pick up an application at City Hall Cashier's window or contact the Planning Division at 562-383-4100.
The cashier is available to take payments at City Hall. City Hall is located at 110 East La Habra Boulevard, City Hall counter hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., City Hall is closed every Friday. You can also mail in your payment and application to:
City of La Habra - Business License
P.O. Box 785
La Habra, CA 90633-0785.
Every new business in La Habra must go through an approval process before we can issue the business license certificate. Please call the City of La Habra Business License Division if you would like to check on the status of your application at 562-383-4065 or email Business License.
If you have further questions regarding a Home Occupation Permit Application (HOPA), please call the Planning Division at 562-383-4100.
A business license is not transferable. The license is terminated when business ownership changes. Please advise the Business License Division should you sell your business for any reason. The new owner will be responsible for obtaining his/her own business license.
The City of La Habra Business License Division can be reached at 562-383-4065 Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., City Hall is closed every Friday. You can also download an application from our website.
City Hall is located at 110 East La Habra Boulevard and counter hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., City Hall is closed every Friday. The major cross streets are Euclid and La Habra Boulevard. City Hall parking lot is on First Street (corner of Euclid).
Maintain/trim landscape areas so as not to encroach into the public right of way or create an eye sore, along with the elimination of barren areas, dead vegetation, or weeds will avoid a situation where a Community Preservation Inspector will have to address this issue with you.
DISCARDED TRASH AND DEBRIS - It is expected that each business operator maintain their property in a clean and orderly condition. All discards, trash, debris, and junk accumulations must be promptly removed from the property. Such items are not only unsightly, they can attract rodents and become a fire hazard. Broken, unusable or abandoned items, appliances, furniture, fencing, etc. are considered discards. The monitoring of the property at a minimum of once a day will likely address this situation.
Temporary signs are permitted subject to certain restrictions. A temporary sign is either a banner or flag. One banner or one flag is permitted for a thirty (30) day period, three times per year. The temporary banner or flag must be on private property. The banner may not be attached to any on-site landscaping. No human signs are permitted. Specific details on temporary signs is available within the La Habra Municipal Code Section 15.40.220. A temporary sign permit can be obtained by contacting the Planning Division at 562-383-4100.
Each of the different land use zones allow for a certain types of businesses by right, through a Conditional Use Permit, or not permitted at all. If you are not aware of the zoning designation for your property, please contact us at 562-383-4100. Using the Land Use Marix found in the Zoning Code you can find the business you wish to establish and locate your land use designation at the top of the matrix. Should the use require a Conditional Use Permit, please contact us for additional information on the process. If you business is not listed, please contact us for a determination on the use for the zone you wish to locate in. We strongly suggest that you do not sign a lease until you have confirmation from us that your proposed business is allowed on the property. If the use is permitted by right but you wish to make interior building improvements, please contact the Building & Safety Division at 562-383-4116 to determine if building permits are needed. Should improvements be planned for the exterior portion of the building or property, please contact us for confirmation that the improvements will not result in a Zoning Code violation.