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Permit Guide For Opening a Business

BEFORE You LEASE or BUY Commercial Space/Building for Your Business:

Call or visit the Zoning Counter on the 3rd Floor at City Hall: (714) 536-5271 to verify whether the space/building you have chosen:

Call or visit the Building Division on the 3rd floor at (714) 536-5241 to determine a change of occupancy type

If interested in buying or leasing a building in Huntington Beach, it is recommended that a Code Compliance Report be requested from the Building and Safety Division.

Terms Defined

Certificate of Occupancy - A certificate that indicates the occupancy classification, use, and number of occupants

Change in Use - Any change including adding/moving equipment, storage racks, wall openings/doors, or hazardous material use that changes what work/activity is being performed in the space

Change in Occupancy - Change in use that changes the general occupancy classification allowed in the space/building

Apply for Certificate of Occupancy

After Receiving Certificate of Occupancy

Business License Process


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The City maintains 124 traffic signals. Report malfunctions to (714) 960-8861(City) or Caltrans (PCH & Beach Blvd) (949) 936-3600. You can also report a malfunction online.

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