State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control
If your business intends to sell alcoholic beverages, contact:
State Department of Alcoholic Beverage ControlBusiness Formation
There are different forms of legal structure to choose from for your business. Each structure has certain advantages and disadvantages. For filing information and forms contact
California Secretary of State Filing & Services DivisionContractors
If you plan to engage in the construction industry, contact the State License Board to determine what special permits or licenses are required.
Contractor’s State License Board
Department of Industrial RelationsInsurance/Workers’ Compensation
Firms with employees must register with the Employment Development Department (EDD) for Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and State Income Tax Withholding; and with the Internal Revenue Service for a Federal Income Tax Withholding Identification Number. If you have employees, Worker’s Compensation insurance is mandatory under California law.
All businesses should consider insurance coverage for general liability, product liability, fire and similar disasters, robbery and theft. Fidelity bonding should be considered for employees who handle cash receipts or other funds.
California Department of Workers’ CompensationSafety and Health Regulations
There are laws that set employee safety standards designed to prevent injuries arising from unsafe or unhealthy working conditions. Small employers (less than 10 employees) may be exempt from some of the CAL-OSHA requirements, but all businesses are required to have an Injury Illness Prevention Plan.
CAL-OSHASeller’s Permit/Resale Number
Every business that will sell or lease tangible personal property (merchandise) to customers must obtain a seller’s permit from the
State Board of EqualizationState Licenses
The State of California imposes license requirements and fees on certain businesses and professions. The Department of Consumer Affairs grants most licenses.
Department of Consumer AffairsState Taxes – Withholding
If you have employees, you must register with the state Employment Development Department (EDD).
Employment Development DepartmentVehicle Registration
Commercial vehicles for a business must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
or for occupational licensing
(805) 543-4492Wages, Hours, and Child Labor
If you have employees, you should contact the Department of Industrial Relations with regard to minimum wages, overtime pay, employee dismissal requirements, hiring of minors, and fair employment practices.
State Labor Commissioner