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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


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.

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