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Per Chino Municipal Code 5.04.040, anyone conducting business in the City of Chino is required to obtain a City business license. This includes out-of-town delivery vehicles, servicemen, and contractors. If you are starting a new business, you must also check to see if you need to record a Fictitious Business Name, or if you require a state seller's permit.
The type of permits you will need depends upon the type of business you are going to operate. Please visit the Business Resource Catalogue CalGold for more information about finding the appropriate permitting information for your business.
A Sign Permit is required for the installation of any wall, monument, directory, directional or window sign. To receive more information about sign permits, please contact the Planning Division at 909-334-3253.
The City partners with the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide workshops, seminars, and one-on-one consulting for start-up and existing businesses. Please contact the Economic Development Division at 909-334-3254 for further assistance.
The City of Chino maintains and provides current demographic information. To see our current demographic statistics, please visit the Demographics page.
A business name that does not include the surname of the individual owner, and each of the partners, or the nature of the business is not clear by the name.
Any office or service activities conducted from your home is subject to a business license. You will need to obtain a Home Occupation Permit from the Planning Division.
A business license is valid for one year, and a courtesy renewal notice will be forwarded to the registered business owner 30 days before the current one expires. Please note that if you do not receive a renewal notice, it does not mean that you are exempt from renewing it.
If you sell your business and sell the business name, then you must file a forfeiture of the business name with the San Bernardino County Clerk. The new owner of the business must apply for the name once the seller completes the forfeiture.
Moving within Chino requires approval from the Planning Division and a new application. This step is required to ensure that the new location is zoned for any changes in the scope of the business.
If the name of your business changes, then the only requirement is a document indicating a name change. If the Tax ID number changes, then the current business license will be closed, and a new one will be issued. Only if the Tax ID number remains the same, then the name change can take place without closing the license.
If your business uses a certain type of chemical, you may be required to obtain an Industrial Discharge Permit from the Environmental Engineering Division.
Planning will start by asking you to elaborate on the use of property in full detail. If your business is home-based, planning wants to know in full detail the type of business activities conducted from your home. If you plan on storing any flammables, the Planning Division would need to know so that the Chino Valley Fire Department can sign you off before the Planning Division can approve your use. The Planning Division will want the number of employees, if you have any, so that they can determine if parking is adequate at the property.
Building and safety will ask you if you plan on altering the building, whether it's structural, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical. Staff will walk you through the necessary steps to obtain a permit.