Permit Guide For Opening a Business

Apply for Certificate of Occupancy

Apply for a Certificate of Occupancy at the Zoning Counter on the 3rd Floor at City Hall (714) 536-5271

No change in Use

 Typical fire operational permits include (not limited to):

Hazardous material business plan (HMBP) compliance is required if your business has on site (at any time during the year) 55-gallons of liquid, 500 lbs of solid, or 200 cubic feet of gas that is considered hazardous. Read more information on HMBP requirements

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Change in Use

The Building Division will explain what is required for a Change of Use permit. If substantial work is needed in the building, a contractor or property owner will need to submit the permit application with additional documents. For permit fees, please see the fee schedules on the City Website under Department of Community Development, in the center of the page as Fee Schedule - Planning and Fee Schedule - Building. For building questions, please call the Building Division at  (714) 536-5241

You may also require Fire construction and/or operational permits and/or hazardous material business plan disclosure - check with Fire Department 5th floor

Typical fire construction permits include (not limited to) construction, repair, alteration and removal of the following:

Typical fire operational permits include (not limited to):

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Permit Guide for Opening a Business

After Receiving Certificate of Occupancy

Business License Process

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Community Development
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5271
Fax: (714) 374-1648
Staff Directory

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