Business License Requirements

A business license is required of all businesses operating within the city limits, including temporary activities and contractors with offices outside the city. Rates vary according to the type of business. To apply or renew a City of Brea Business License, please click here

If you are participating in a city event or Brea Chamber of Commerce event, please click here for the application.

Notice To All Applicants For Business Licenses And Commercial Building Permits

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

New Requirements Affecting All Businesses In The City of Brea

Beginning January 1, 2020, the State of California requires industrial facilities that conduct certain activities to be covered by an Industrial General Permit from the State Water Resource Control Board. For more info, please click here

Unless your business is home-based, an application for a Certificate of Occupancy is also required in order to obtain a business license. A commercial or industrial building, or suite, cannot be occupied without first obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.

Payment of this tax does not constitute zoning, building, or fire code approval. Check with the Community Development Department in order to determine if your business can be legally established at your location.

Restaurant Requirements

New restaurants need to submit a fats, oils, and greases (FOG) application, in addition to applying to the City of Brea for a business license and certificate of occupancy. As part of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) local municipalities are responsible to conduct inspections for correct handling of fats, oils, and greases.