Welcome to the City of Perris. In an effort to keep new and potential business enterprises informed, we encourage you to come into the Finance Department and ask questions... we are here to help you!
SB 1186 - $1 Mandated Fee on All Business Licenses and Renewals
On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 that adds a state fee of $1 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal. 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.
The City of Perris will begin charging this additional $1 on all new and renewing business license applications January 1, 2013.
Easier Access for Business Opportunities
Click on the magazine for Retail and Commercial Opportunities:
- Getting Your Business License
- Paying for Your Business License
- Restrictions for Home-occupied Businesses
- Applying for a Fictitious Business Name
- Permits and Sales Tax Information
- Other Agencies That Can Help You
If your business will be in a new, or existing building, you'll need to have it inspected so that it passes local building and business codes. Your business might also have a sign, or other special items such as a commercial hood, or sand trap. For all of these, you'll need to contact the City's Planning Department.
- ZONING: Is the prospective location or building you are looking at zoned for the type of business you plan to engage in?
- BUILDING: Is the building up to present city codes (structural, electrical, etc.)?
- SIGNS: If you plan to erect advertising structures, you must apply for sign permits.
- MISCELLANEOUS: Commercial hoods, grease and/or sand traps, building permits, etc, may be required before your business can be opened.
Special permits are required for solicitors or peddlers, secondhand dealers, swap meets, amusement centers, tow trucks, taxis, bingo games, yard sales, dog kennels, ambulances, large family daycare centers, alarms, filming, and painting numbers on curbs.
The payment of a business license fee for transacting and carrying on business under Title V will not relieve you from the payment of any fee for the privilege of doing such business required under any other ordinance of the City or the regulatory provision of other ordinances.
If you change location - or business ownership
Upon receipt of a business license a change of your location or ownership of the business should be filed with this office. A new application is required for both instances. A change of location will not incur an additional license fee, but there is a nominal fee for a replacement license. A change of ownership is treated as a new business.
Business Emergency Information
Please complete and return a Business Contact Card with the Sheriff’ Department. This is for your benefit in the event of an emergency.
Once you've filled out the business license form, payment can be made:
- by mail:
City of Perris
101 N. D Street
Perris, CA 92570
- online: ipn.paymentus.com/otp/stde/prsb
- in person
You can make payments in-person at Perris City Hall during business hours.
City Hall, 101 N. D Street, Perris, California.
Business Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am - 6pm
Map to City Hall
The City of Perris will begin charging the SB1186 $1 fee on all new and renewing business license applications starting January 1, 2013.
Home occupations conducted solely by the occupant of the premises are permitted in compliance with Perris Municipal Code Section 19.20.020:
Here are some basic restrictions:
- There is no alteration in the residential character of the premises in connection with such vocation or trade
- All operations are carried on within the dwelling
- Not more than twenty-five percent of the ground floor area of the dwelling shall be occupied or used
- No motor other than electrically driven motors shall be used in connection with the business and that the total horsepower of such motors shall not exceed three horsepower, or one horsepower for any single motor
- No merchandise or articles shall be displayed for advertising purposes
- No merchandise or articles pertaining to such home occupation shall be stored other than in the dwelling
- No assistants shall be employed in connection therewith
- The premises shall not be used as a place of business or point of sale of the products of such home occupation
- All operations in connection with such home occupation shall be conducted so as to prevent the emanation of any dust, gas, smoke, noise, fumes, odors, vibrations, or electrical disturbances, which are or may be detrimental to the welfare of the occupants of surrounding properties.
Here are resources for applying (and publicizing) a fictitious business name.
Tele-Law Library, (951) 369-3563,
County Clerk’s Office
Here are resources that can help you obtain a seller's permit and/or sales tax number.
State Board of Equalization
Franchise Tax Board
Here are agencies that can help with your business needs.
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
County Clerk of the Board
County Environmental Health Services
Inland Empire Small Business
Contractors State License Board
Internal Revenue Service