Business License Information


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This information sheet was created to inform and assist business owners of applicable Town regulations and required licenses and permits. This is a general guide and not intended to supersede any provisions in the Town of Paradise Municipal Code.

Town Requirements

WHAT IS A BUSINESS LICENSE?

The Town of Paradise issues business licenses to regulate businesses within the town limits to protect the public and prevent nuisances and neighborhood disturbances. The license is not a business tax and is not based on business revenue.

The Town’s objective is to assist each business in obtaining the proper license and/or permit to ensure proper compliance of the business license code for all businesses transacting businesses within Town limits. The Town will send renewal notices, however it is your responsibility as a business owner to renew.  If you do not receive a renewal notice prior to the expiration date of your license, please contact the Clerk’s Department at (530) 872-6291 ext 101.

WHO NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE?    

You need a Business License if your business is located within the Paradise Town Limits or if your business provides service to Paradise residents or businesses, unless your business is exempt from licensing requirements discussed below.

WHEN DO I GET A BUSINESS LICENSE?

You are required to obtain a business license before conducting any business, trade, profession, enterprise, establishment or occupation. All businesses that obtain their license before January 1, 2019 will have their first year fee ($40) waived.

TYPES OF BUSINESS LICENSES

Commercial Business License - $40 for the first year, $25 for renewals

General Business Licenses are issued to businesses with a physical location within the Town Limits based on compliance with Zoning Information. All businesses based in the Town of Paradise or providing services to Paradise residents or businesses require a General Business License except for the following, which are exempt:

Home Based Business – No Fee

Running a business from home is an attractive idea to many people, but it is important for home business operators to remember that they are conducting a business in a home, which is most likely surrounded by other homes in a residential area. The Town places certain restrictions on the operation of home businesses to protect the residential nature of the neighborhood and prevent nuisance complaints regarding noise, dust, and traffic. These rules protect you and your neighborhood, and ensure that the primary use of the homes is for residential purposes only.   

Special Business License - Cost varies

Certain types of businesses are required to have more than one license. Usually the second license is a Special License. Note: you may require additional licensing from other governmental agencies in addition to your Town of Paradise License. The special License is issued based on a review of the application and may require approval by the Police Department, fingerprinting and background checks.

Available at the Paradise Police Department (5595 Black Olive Drive, Paradise, CA 95969):

Available at Town Hall (5555 Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969):

TYPES OF BUSINESSES THAT ARE EXEMPT FROM THE FEE BUT REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A LICENSE

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Building and Septic

Butte County and Federal Requirements