Business License

Business License Process
The Menifee Municipal Code requires all businesses located and operating within the City to be properly licensed as well as in accordance with the standards for Planning (Zoning), Building & Safety and Public Health.

Prior to the issuance of a Business License, inspections by the Building Division may be required in addition to approvals by the Planning Division. Additional approvals may be required by other Departments depending on the type of business being conducted. Department approvals apply to all businesses physically located in Menifee City limits.

Businesses that are not physically located within the city limits may also be required to obtain a City of Menifee business license if they are conducting business within the city. For detailed information on the city's business tax, licenses, and regulations, please review the city's Municipal Code.

What is the cost of a business license?
The cost of a new business license is $65 plus $1 CASP Fee and renewals are $35 plus $1 CASP Fee. For new busineses filing for the first time after March 31st the City prorates based on the start date of the business. For all existing business renewing as of March 1st of each year or later, a penalty of $35 will be added to your renewal pursuant to the City's penalty schedule.

Proration Schedule For New Business Applications Only

 In City Business:
Dates
                            Fees
Total Due
January 1 - March 31
$65.00 + $1.00 CASP + $27.00 Zoning Fee
   $93.00
April 1 - June 30
$48.75 + $1.00 CASP + $27.00 Zoning Fee
   $76.75
July 1 - September 30
$32.50 + $1.00 CASP + $27.00 Zoning Fee
   $60.50
October 1 - December 31*
$51.25 + $2.00 CASP + $27.00 Zoning Fee
   $80.25
  *Covers 4th quarter & next calendar year
 
Out of City Business:
Dates
            Fees
Total Due
January 1 - March 31
$65.00 + $1.00 CASP
   $66.00
April 1 - June 30
$48.75 + $1.00 CASP
   $49.75
July 1 - September 30
$32.50 + $1.00 CASP
   $33.50
October 1 - December 31*
$51.25 + $2.00 CASP
   $53.25
  *Covers 4th quarter & next calendar year
 
Renewal Fees (All Businesses):
Dates
            Fees
Total Due
November 1 - December 31
$35.00 + $1.00 CASP
   $36.00
March 1 or later
$70.00 + $1.00 CASP
   $71.00
CASP Fee (Certified Access Specialist Program)
Senate Bill 1186 (Chapter 383, 2012) requires a one-dollar additional fee to be paid by any applicant for local business license, permit or similar instrument when it is issued or renewed. The fee applies to applications and renewals filed between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2018 and it is collected by the issuing jurisdiction (City, County, or City and County).

For additional CASP information visit the DSA website by clicking (http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Programs/programCert/casp/sb1186.aspx)
Division of the State Architect (DSA) Memo
  
Zoning Fee (Applies to all new In City Businesses effective July 1, 2015
Effective July 1, 2015 all new in city businesses will be assessed a $27.00 Zoning Review Fee. This applies to any business planning to operate at any location in Menifee (includes Sun City, Quail Valley & portions of Romoland). Also applies if a business relocates to a new location within city limits. Some business locations may have additional zoning requirements and may require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), Plot Plan (PP) or Land Use Entitlements. For further details please contact the Planning Department at (951) 672-6777.

Obtain An Occupancy Permit (In City Commercial Businesses)
All businesses located in a commercial location must obtain a Certificate of Occupancy Permit issued by the Building and Safety Department before a business license can be approved. Occupancy Permits must be filed at City Hall during counter hours between 7:30 am to 12:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Fridays. Memo Occupancy Permit Form.
 
Mobile Businesses
The home address of any business operating primarily from a vehicle will be utilized for registering a business license Pursuant to Business & Professions Code Section 17538.5.No P.O. Box locations are allowed to be used as a place of business. If the residence is located within Menifee City limits, all zoning and home based regulations are applicable.

Business License Payment Options
The City accepts Visa, Mastercard, Money Order, Personal Check, Business Check, Cashier's Check, and Cash as forms of payment. Payments as City Hall must be done by 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. If filing a building or planning permit, you must file in person at City Hall during counter hours. Counter hours are 7:30 am to 12:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Fridays.

In Person
  City of Menifee
  29714 Haun Road
  Menifee, CA 92586

• By Mail
  City of Menifee
  Attn: Business License Dept.
  29714 Haun Road
  Menifee, CA 92586

Online *Renewal Only*
  Renew Online

Apply For Your Business License
  • Application requires the following:
    • Verify with Planning Department the property is appropriately zoned for the proposed business activity (apply for CUP, PP if applicable)
    • Obtain Occupancy Permit/Home Occupation Form
    • Obtain and complete the Business License application form. You must have the names of all owners and officers. For each owner and officer, you must provide the requested information.
    • Pay appropriate fees
  • The following information must also be included prior to acceptance of the City Business License application:
    • Copy of Fictitious Business Name, Articles of Incorporation or Partnership documents
    • Copy of valid government issued identification and social security card
    • Copy of Reseller's Permit with Menifee address
    • Any additional information deemed necessary
  • All applications for licensing will be reviewed by various City departments for proper zoning and land use prior to issuing the final business license certificate.
Business License Application Forms & Overview
You may complete a business license application at City Hall or print the form(s) below:
In City Commercial Business
Memo Occupancy Permit Required
In City Home Based Business
Business License Application (out of City Businesses)

Sub-Contractor Business License Forms
Memo - Contractor Business License
Subcontractor Form - No Subcontractors
Pool Subcontractor Form
General Subcontractor Form

Board of Equalization Electronic Registration System
The Board of Equalization (BOE) is pleased to announce eReg, a new Electronic Registration system, effective June 18, 2012. eReg will help businesses get their necessary permits with the BOE and start operating faster, speeding up their positive local economic impact. Read more about eReg by going to the BOE's website.

BOE Temporary Event Memo

Frequently Asked Questions
Please review a list of the most frequently asked questions in regards to the city's Business licenses including application fees visit the City of Menifee Business License FAQ page.

Additional Links
City of Menifee - Current Business License List: http://cityofmenifee.us//DocumentCenter/View/3671
Fictitious Name Filing: http://www.asrclkrec.com/Clerk/FictitiousBusinessNames/Filing.aspx
Forming a Corporation/LLC: http://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/
Internal Revenue Service EIN #: https://irs-tax-id.com/
Starting Non Profit: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Application-Process
Riverside County Health Department: http://www.rivcoph.org/
Alcohol Beverage Control: http://www.abc.ca.gov/index.html
Consumer Affairs: http://www.dca.ca.gov/