I Want to Start a Business
The City of Seaside is eager to assist new businesses to assure their successful location in Seaside. Starting a new business requires a major commitment of time, energy, and capital. You will also be required to obtain a business license, and other required zoning, planning, and building permits, depending on the nature of your business. Most important to your success is the development of a business plan, which describes how your business will be managed and operated. A business plan is also essential if you are seeking financing for your business.
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Establishing a Business in Seaside
We are pleased that you have selected the City of Seaside to establish your business. The City of Seaside is dedicated to helping businesses thrive. We understand and appreciate the positive impact that successful growing businesses have on our community.
Economic Development Department
656 Broadway Ave.
Seaside, CA 93955
1. Create a Business Plan
The following resource partners can walk you through the process:
2. Check City of Seaside Zoning Regulations
Before you sign a lease or apply for any business permit, it is important that you check with the Seaside Planning Department to ensure that the proposed use is allowed on the property. Some uses may require additional permits, while some may not be allowed at all.
If the proposed business is allowed in the zone district where the property is located. The planner will inform you of any land use approvals that may be required for your business. If so, you will be given application submittal requirements and process information. The Building Division will help identify potential building code issues that may apply to your business. The City's Building, Public Works/Engineering, and Finance Divisions are located in City Hall, 440 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955. The Planning Division is available at City Hall Monday through Friday from 12:30-4:30 PM.
3. Decide on a Business Structure
If you will be establishing a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company, you must register with the Secretary of State.
California Secretary of State
1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 950814
4. Register a Fictitious Business Name
If you intend to name your firm anything other than your own name, you must file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the County Clerk.
Monterey County Recorder-County Clerk
168 W Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-5450 or from Monterey Peninsula 831-647-7850
The City of Seaside requires that any person who transacts and carries on any business, trade, profession, calling or occupation in the City, or who provides a service within the city, procure a Business License with the Finance Department and pay the appropriate fees.
* A business license must be renewed every fiscal year. The fiscal year runs from July 1st - June 30th.
Please visit the Business License page for additional information.
6. Obtain Important Permits
In addition to City of Seaside permits, you may need permits or licenses from regional, state, and federal agencies.
Regional and County Permits
*Certain businesses which handle food (sale, preparation) need approval by the Monterey County Health Department. This approval is designed to ensure compliance with County sanitation codes.
Monterey County Health Department
1200 Aguajito Road, Suite 007
Monterey, CA 93940
*If you would like to sell alcoholic beverages from your business, you will need to obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License.
Alcoholic Beverage Control
1137 Westridge Pkwy, Salinas, CA 93907
*If your business discharges matter into the air, a permit from the Monterey Bay Air Resources District may be required.
Federal Identification Numbers
Internal Revenue Service An Employee Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity.
Internal Revenue Service
Pay Employee Taxes
For employment regarding employee withholdings, self-employment tax and other business tax withholdings contact the Internal Revenue Service. You can also contact EDD (Employment Development Department) to assist you with questions you may have regarding payroll taxes.
The CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration website has specific information about the programs they administer, how to register for permits and licenses and how to file and report correctly. The department administers many programs which include: sales & use tax, alcoholic beverage tax, cannabis taxes, hazardous waste facility fee, etc.
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Seaside is dedicated to our community and the natural resources upon which we all rely. Single-use items litter our streets and make their way to waterways, harming ecosystems. Their production and disposal contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, which disproportionately harm communities of color.