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STARTING A NEW BUSINESS IN ALHAMBRA
Call the Alhambra Development Services Department at 626-570-5030.

NEW BUSINESS LICENSES - CONSTRUCTION & OCCUPANCY PERMITS
CONTACT: DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Alhambra City Hall - Development Services Department (First Floor)
​111 S. First. St., Alhambra, CA 91801;
626-570-5034

  • All businesses and contractors, including rental property owners, operating in the City of Alhambra need a Business License and an Occupancy Permit.
  • Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed and assigned a license number. A Business License Tax Certificate will be issued only after all approvals have been made (including an occupancy permit). Most business licenses are issued annually.
  • Contact the Planning Division to determine if the desired business location is in an appropriate zone.
  • For more information concerning Business License Requires and the Certificate of Occupancy, click here.
  • For Zoning & Land Use permit applications, click here.
      

RENEW EXISTING BUSINESS LICENSES
CONTACT: FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Alhambra City Hall - Finance Department (First Floor)
111 S. First. St., Alhambra, CA 91801
; 626-570-5021

  • Most business licenses are issued annually, to be renewed each year within 30 days of expiration to
    avoid penalties and interest charges.
  • For more information, click here.
      

ZONING, NEW CONSTRUCTION, ADDITIONS/CHANGES TO EXISTING BUILDINGS
CONTACT: BUILDING AND PLANNING DIVISION

Alhambra City Hall Development Services Department (1st Floor)
111 S. First. St., Alhambra, CA 91801;
626-570-5034

  • Provides assistance with plan reviews; construction inspections.
  • Assists with questions regarding zoning matters, new construction, additions or changes to exterior or interior.
  • For Planning Division information, click here.
  • For Building/Remodeling Division, click here.
     

LIFE SAFETY AND INSPECTIONS
CONTACT: ALHAMBRA FIRE DEPARTMENT

Alhambra Fire Department Headquarters, 301 N. First St., Alhambra, CA 91801; 626-570-5193

  • Issues fire safety permits, and conducts plan checks and fire inspections. For more information, click here.
     

STREET MAINTENANCE ISSUES, STREET SWEEPING, GRAFFITI REMOVAL ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY THAT IS VISIBLE FROM THE STREET; HAZARDOUS TREES/SHRUBS (OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC); CITY PARKING LOTS; OBSTRUCTIONS TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND/OR RIGHT-0F-WAY; TREE-TRIMMING CITY TREES 
CONTACT: PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT(First Floor)

ALHAMBRA CITY HALL, 111 S. First St., Alhambra, CA 91801; 626-570-5067

SHUT ON/OFF UTILITIES SERVICES
CONTACT: UTILITIES DEPARTMENT

City of Alhambra - Utilities Customer Service Building
68 S. First St., Alhambra, CA 91801;
626-570-5061

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TRASH AND RECYCLING SERVICES
CONTACT: ALLIED WASTE SERVICES (RESIDENTIAL) 1-888-742-5234
CONSOLIDATED DISPOSAL SERVICE (COMMERCIAL) 800-299-4898
CITY OF ALHAMBRA 626-570-5010

FOOD & BEVERAGE PERMIT AND ALCOHOL PERMIT
CONTACT LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. 310-665-8450
STATE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL BOARD 213-736-2005

 

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN STARTING A NEW BUSINESS:

  • Location - seek a good location with customer-friendly parking.
  • Space - determine if the space is adequate for current needs and foreseeable growth. Investigate traffic patterns; tour the building; find out who the previous tenant was and why they left. Evaluate the physical location and if the space is a good fit for your product line. Be realistic and don't over-commit.
  • Identify competitors - check out neighboring businesses for complementary products and/or services. Is there an established cluster economy?
  • Seek professional assistance - hire a real estate attorney who specializes in lease negotiations who understands your area and type of business.
  • Identify your responsibilities - determine if you will need to maintain the heating, air-conditioning and other systems, as well as keep up the parking lot and building exterior.
  • Affordability - determine if the rent will be affordable.


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