Business Licenses

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The City Cypress requires all commercial and residential businesses operating within the City to obtain and maintain a Cypress business license.  A business license application must be submitted within 30 days of the first date of conducting business.  If you will be operating a home-based business, please review the Home Occupation Permit Criteria.

The business license requirement enables the City to maintain a database of businesses that operate within the City that is used for police emergency responses, sales tax purposes, and demographic studies.

A business license representative can be reached at (714) 229-6712 Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.


Businesses located within Cypress must apply for new licenses in person at City Hall.  Additional documents may be required, including a Fictitious Business Name statement and/or a Seller’s Permit. 

Businesses operating within Cypress that are located outside of the City may apply in person at City Hall or by mailing the application to:

Finance Department - Business Licenses
City of Cypress
5275 Orange Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630






Orange County Clerk Recorder

12 Civic Center Plaza #101
Santa Ana, CA 92702
714-834-2500 (link is external)
201 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Fictitious Business Name

State Board of Equalization

16715 Von Karman Avenue #200
Irvine, CA 92606
949-440-3473 (link is external)

Seller's Permit

Internal Revenue Service

800-829-4933 (phone)
215-516-3990 (fax) (link is external)

Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)

Orange County Environmental Health

1241 E. Dyer Road #120
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714-433-6000 (link is external)

Health Permits for Food Service Businesses

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

28 Civic Center Plaza #369
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714-558-4101 (link is external)

Licenses to Serve Alcohol

Contractors State License Board

800-321-2752 (link is external)

Contractor Licenses

Department of Consumer Affairs

800-952-5210 (link is external)

Professional Licenses and Regulations

Employment Development Department

2099 State College Blvd. #401
Anaheim, CA 92806
714-558-4101 (link is external)

Disability Insurance, Income Tax Withholding, State, Payroll, Job Services, Etc.

Department of Industrial Relations (link is external)

Labor Laws and Workers' Compensation

Trademark and Service Marks (link is external)

California Only

U.S. Small Business Administration

714-550-7420 (link is external)

Information on Aid, Counsel, and Assisting Small Businesses

Services Corporation of Retired Executives (SCORE)

714-550-7369 (link is external)
Monday thru Friday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

"How to Start a Business"

Cypress Chamber of Commerce

714-827-2430 (link is external)
Monday thru Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Membership Information

CalRecycle Waste & Recycling Compliance

1-800-RECYCLE (link is external)

California law now requires businesses to recycle.  (Assembly Bill 341)

Secretary of State

1230 J St. #100
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-653-3365 (link is external)

Incorporation or Business Names


Entrepreneur counseling

PLEASE NOTE: Governor Brown signed SB-1186 into law on September 19, 2012, which adds a state fee of $1 to any application for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified.

“Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:
The Division of the State Architect at
The Department of Rehabilitation at
The California Commission on Disability Access at”