Business License Applications

Welcome to the City of Fountain Valley Business Community. An important part of commencing business includes obtaining the required business license and/or permit (PDF).

In accordance with Municipal Code Section 5.04.080, a business must first obtain a Business License/Tax Certificate prior to conducting business in Fountain Valley.


Your business license enables the city to ensure that your business meets the proper zoning and fire safety needs for your type of business activity. Your business license tax directly supports the community’s public safety costs.

Application Requirements

  • All highlighted areas on the Business Tax Application pertaining to your business must be filled out. 
  • Fictitious Business Filing:
    • If an in-town business and using a fictitious business name that does not include the owner's surname (last name), they must first file for a Fictitious Business Name Statement through the Orange County Clerk/Recorder or any local newspaper.
    • We must have a copy of the filing when we accept a business tax application
    • The business address on the filing must match the business address on the business tax application.
    • The ownership on the Fictitious Business Name statement must be exactly the same on the business tax application.
  • Corporation
    • If the business is incorporated, a copy of the Articles of Incorporation must accompany the business tax application.
  • Home Business Conditions (Reference Section 21.42.060 of the Municipal Code)
    • Acknowledgement of the Home Business Conditions Business Tax Application; if there are any questions regarding this form or it's contents, they should be directed to the Planning Department at 714-593-4425. There is a 1-time Home Business Permit charge of $35
  • Fee Schedule
    • The Company, Owner, or First Partner (Base Fee): $50.00
    • First 1-9 Employees: Number of Employees at $4.25 each
    • Next 10-40 Employees: Number of Employees at $3 each
    • More Than 1 Work Vehicle: Number of Vehicles at $22.50 each
    • Vending Machines/Coin Operated at $12.00 each
    • Home Business Fee (If Applicable): $35.00
    • State ADA Fee $1.00 (SB1186 - Disability Access  
    • Please call for additional fees related to Golf Courses/Carts, Gas Stations, Amusements, Hotels/Real Estate Rentals



      Out of Town Contractors please use Contractor Quarterly Fee Schedule to calculate your fees. You can choose between 3 months / 6 months / 1 year
    • All Sub-Contractors require a city business license in order to obtain final inspection.