All new businesses to the City, including existing businesses that are changing the business name, ownership, type of use, or location within the City, require a Certificate of Occupancy. New businesses who will be sharing a space with an existing business will also need to apply for a Certificate of Occupancy. If you're operating a new business at your home, you are required to apply for a Home Occupation Permit.
The City of Alhambra zoning ordinances regulate the use of land within the City to protect the character and stability of residential, business, commercial and manufacturing areas. Prior to choosing a site, please contact the Planning Division at 626-570-5034 or during counter hours (Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, or 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm) to determine if the desired business location you are considering is zoned for your business. If the address meets the zoning requirements for the intended use, you'll be required to apply for a Certificate of Occupancy, or Home Occupation Permit if you're operating a business at your home. All businesses are required to obtain authorization from the property owner to conduct a business at the property. The property owner is required to sign and notarize the Property Owner Authorization of Use form, which needs to be submitted with the Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit Applications. All businesses will also need to apply for a Business License at the Finance Department after applying for a Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit. (APPLICANT MUST APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY OR HOME OCCUPATION PERMIT AND GET APPROVALS BEFORE APPLYING FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE).
For more questions regarding the Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit, please contact the Economic Development Division at 626-570-5038.
The standards for home occupations listed in the Informational Guide are intended to ensure that the proposed business retains the residential environment of the property and is compatible with the residential character of the neighborhood. They must be operated at all times consistent with these regulations and not interfere with the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. In addition, the home site and business must be maintained and conducted according to all laws of the city and state, including, but not limited to health, structural soundness, fire safety, and zoning.
If you're a new business or a business that needs to renew a business license, please contact the Alhambra Finance Department at 626-570-5021 to find out how to apply for a business license.
If your business is a restaurant, you will be required to contact the Alcoholic Beverage Control and Los Angeles County Health Department, in addition to City approvals.
State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, 213-736-2005
Los Angeles County Health Department, 310-665-8450