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Business Information/Contacts



Fictitious Business Names Statements:

The Santa Cruz County Clerk files and maintains Fictitious Business Name Statements filed in Santa Cruz County.

Business Licenses:

Businesses located in or conducting a portion of their business within any of the four (4) cities in Santa Cruz County should contact that city regarding the requirements for a business license.

City of Capitola

420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola

(831) 475-7300

City of Santa Cruz

809 Center Street, Room 101, Santa Cruz

(831) 420-5070

City of Scotts Valley

1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley

(831) 438-2324

City of Watsonville

250 Main Street, Watsonville

(831) 768-3050

Business Permits:

Businesses operating in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County should contact the County Planning Dept., Room 400, or call 831/454-2580, regarding requirements for operating a business in those areas of the county.

It is recommended that you contact the County Planning Department to determine if a permit is required prior to the operation of your business. Home-based businesses may require a Home-Occupation permit. The most common businesses that require special permits from County Departments are as follows:

Business Type

County Department



Day Care

Community Care Licensing


Security Company

Sheriff's Office


Room 340

Taxi Cab

Sheriff's Office


Room 340

Food Establishments

Environmental Health


Room 312

Hazardous Materials/Waste (Storage/Use)

Environmental Health


Room 312


Environmental Health


Room 312

Public Pools/Spas/Camps

Environmental Health


Room 312

Santa Cruz County Economic Development Coordinator

Barbara Mason
County of Santa Cruz Planning Department
701 Ocean St, 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
831-454-2728 Desk
831-454-2580 Offic
831-454-2131 Fax

Zoning Regulations:

Before commencing business you should contact the Zoning Department, Room 400 or call (831)-454-2580, to make sure your location is zoned to do your particular type of business. Zoning regulations for the unincorporated areas are obtained from the County Planning Dept., at 70l Ocean Street, Room 400, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Apply at the Zoning Counter. (831) 454-2580.

Sellers/Resale License:

State Board of Equalization
Telephone: (800) 432-2829 or (800) 400-7115
250 South Second Street, San Jose, Ca 95113
(408) 277-1231 /

Contractor's License:

State Board of Contractors
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827-1703
Post Office Box 26000
Sacramento, CA 95826
(800) 321-2752 /

State Website:

The Secretary of State website,, will provide information on State permits and business requirements, business resources, information on service mark, trademark and trade name, information regarding corporation, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, and Limited Partnerships.

Small Business Administration:

For Small business assistance, you may contact your local Chamber of Commerce.

You may also contact the Central Coast Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College

Corporations/Limited Partnership(s/Limited Liability Companies):

Secretary of State (916) 657-5448
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


If an organization or business wishes to obtain a Non-Profit Status, contact the Registry of Charitable Trusts,

California Attorney General, Registry of Charitable Trusts, P.O. Box 903447, Sacramento, CA 94203-4470, (916) 445-2021

Tax Information:

Internal Revenue Service - Federal
Call toll free: (800) 829-3676. (For Forms only) or (800) 829-4477 (Telex tax information)

Franchise Tax Board - State
Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
96 N 3rd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Call Toll free: (800) 338-0505 (For Forms)

or (800) 852-5711 (Telex tax Information)

Employment Tax Information:

For information on Disability Insurance Tax, State Withholding Tax, and Unemployment Tax Contact:
California Employment Tax District Office
2045 40th Ave.,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Telephone: (831) 464-6307

Copyright/Patent/Trade Marks/Service Marks

Copyright Office - Federal
Copyright Office - Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington D.C. 20559-6000
(877) 476-0778 (toll free)

Patent/Trade Marks/Service Marks
Crystal Park 2
SE 2121 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
800/786-9199 (toll free) and 571/272-9950 (TTY)

Additional Resources:

California Codes Online (i.e. Business and Professions Code):

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

SCORE - Santa Cruz County provides guidance for new small business owners: 831/621-3735;