Congratulations on your decision to start a new business in the City of Antioch! Starting your own business can be both exciting and stressful, so the Economic Development Dept. has developed this checklist to guide you through the process and welcome you to the Antioch business community.
Meet with a Project Manager from the Economic Development Dept. on the third floor of City Hall (located in Antioch’s historic Rivertown District) for free assistance on starting a successful Antioch business by contacting Brian Nunnally at email@example.com or by phone at (925) 779-6168. Also recommended is a visit to the Small Business Information Center (SBIC) for access to city/state/federal forms, internet access, a lending library, free consultations and mini workshops. The SBIC is located in the Antioch Chamber of Commerce at 101 “H” St., Suite 4.
Once you’ve identified a location for your business, contact the Planning Dept. to ensure that the parcel is zoned for your particular type of business. If you plan to operate a business in your home, a Home Occupation Use Permit is required.
If your business is a permitted use for that parcel, check with the Building Dept. before any remodeling or construction takes place because a Building Permit may be required. Also check with the Planning Dept. if you plan to put up or change an existing sign because a Sign Permit may be required.
If you intend to name your business anything other than your personal proper name (i.e., Jim Smith, D.D.S.), you must file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the Contra Costa County Clerk’s Office.
If you are engaged in business in California and you intend to sell or lease tangible personal property that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold at retail, you must obtain a Seller’s Permit from the State Board of Equalization. ? You should also contact county and state governmental organizations to verify if you are required to obtain any additional permits or licenses for your business. Some common examples: Contra Costa County Environmental Health Services (food-related businesses) Contra Costa County Occupational Health Services (hazardous waste production or storage) State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (if serving or selling alcohol)
If you are self-employed, you must make your Social Security contributions via the self-employment tax. If you plan to have employees, you must obtain an employee Tax ID number from the State and Federal governments. Contact the EDD and IRS for more information.
All employers are required to carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance. For more information, go to the California Division of Workers’ Compensation website.
Obtain and complete a Business License Application, available by clicking on the link or through the Finance Dept. on the first floor of City Hall.
Once you’ve completed the form, take it to the Planning Dept. and Building Dept. on the second floor for review and approval.
Once approval is granted, return the completed application to the Finance Dept. with a check for the appropriate fees. The Finance Dept. will process your application in approximately four weeks. Once the application is processed, the business license will be mailed to your business location.
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For more information, please contact Brian Nunnally at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 779-6168