Font Size:

Start a Business

  • Ventura County Grows BusinessExternal Web Site Policy
    Welcome to this brief tour of Ventura County and our ten key communities. Ventura County offers your business everything it needs and everything your employees want. Rarely does a business location provide the unique combination of infrastructure, skilled workforce, financial stability, market access, affordability and the quality of life that’s available in Ventura County.

Business Start-up Assistance
Resources to assist in developing a business plan and taking all of the necessary steps to start-up your own business.

  • Business LicensesExternal Web Site Policy
    One of the basic steps in starting your new business is to review applicable city, county, state and federal regulations and obtain any necessary licenses or permits. The following lists some of the requirements at each level of government.
  • Business Tax Certificate ApplicationExternal Web Site Policy
  • Business Tax Certificate Application InstructionsExternal Web Site Policy
  • Business Tax Certificate RenewalExternal Web Site Policy
    To renew your business tax certificate, you must provide the tax collector’s office with evidence that your business has the appropriate land use and building permits, or is exempt from permit requirements. Permits must be obtained in person from the Planning Division and Building and Safety Division counters.
  • County of Ventura Business Tax Certificate
    All businesses, professions, trades, vocations, enterprises, establishments, occupations and callings being conducted in the UNINCORPORATED areas of the county must obtain a Business Tax Certificate. This includes temporary businesses (e.g., film productions). Even businesses located within any city limits that deliver, solicit, or operate in the unincorporated areas of the county must have this certificate.
  • EDC-VC - Economic Development CollaborativeExternal Web Site Policy
    The EDC-VC is the business resource for companies of all sizes doing business in Ventura County. EDC-VC promotes jobs and economic growth to maintain the county’s economic vitality through these key programs and services: Business consulting and workshops, loans, manufacturing outreach program, G.E.T. Trade, the how-to on international trade.
  • Regulatory Business License
    The County Sheriff's Office accepts applications for business licenses ONLY from businesses located in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County which are regulated by the Sheriff, such as: Temporary show or concert, dance hall, hawker, pool table, pawn broker, junk collector or dealer, massage parlor, rubbish collector, second-hand dealer, solicitor, taxi cab operator, itinerant merchant, bingo, etc.
  • Regulatory License ApplicationExternal Web Site Policy
    Copy of Ventura County Sheriff’s Department approval letter must be attached to this application.
  • SBDC – Small Business Development CenterExternal Web Site Policy
    EDC-VC has added the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to its menu of comprehensive business services. SBDC provides free advising and workshops to small business owners in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
  • SCOREExternal Web Site Policy
    SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and a network of 12,000+ volunteers, they are able to deliver business consulting services at no charge or at very low cost.
  • WEV – Women’s Economic VenturesExternal Web Site Policy
    Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) programs combine classroom training, capital and individual technical assistance to support the small business entrepreneur through start-up, stabilization and growth phases. Most services are provided in Spanish and English.

City Business Licenses
A business license is an annual tax you pay for doing business within a city boundary. It is required BEFORE any business, trade, profession, enterprise, establishment, occupation, or calling is conducted within the boundaries of a city, even if your business is physically located outside the city limits or you have a business license from another city. Business license fees and regulations are different for each city. Contact your city for further information.

  • Fictitious Business NameExternal Web Site Policy
    Every person who regularly transacts business in this state for profit under a fictitious business name shall file a fictitious business name statement not later than 40 days from the time he commences to transact such business.

Locating Your Business
Contact the agency where you want to locate your new business. There are 10 cities and the unincorporated County of Ventura area.  Each agency has different requirements for conducting business in their jurisdiction.

County of Ventura – Unincorporated Area

  • EDC-VC - Economic Development CollaborativeExternal Web Site Policy
    The EDC-VC is the business resource for companies of all sizes doing business in Ventura County. EDC-VC promotes jobs and economic growth to maintain the county’s economic vitality through these key programs and services: Business consulting and workshops, loans, manufacturing outreach program, G.E.T. Trade, the how-to on international trade.

Cities

NOTE: As a convenience to our visitors, this page may contain links to external websites that are not managed or controlled by the County of Ventura.