What is Considered a Business?
According to Section 12.1 of the Red Bluff Municipal Code a business is defined as including "Professions, trades, and occupations and all and every kind of calling whether or not carried on for profit."
Prior to operating a business within the City of Red Bluff, all new business owners must complete a Business License Application. The application along with appropriate payment can be returned to the City of Red Bluff's Finance Department at 555 Washington Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080. For questions regarding the Business License Application, please contact the Finance Department at (530)527-2605 ext 3010.
Any home-based business operating within the City limits is required to have a current Business License as well as an Occupancy Permit to ensure Compliance with the standards set forth in City of the Red Bluff Municipal Code.
Do you need a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Any business operating as a Corporation or a Partnership is required by the Internal Revenue Service to obtain a Taxpayer Identification Number. A business operating as a Sole Proprietor must report the business owner's Social Security Number on the application in lieu of a Taxpayer Identification Number. To obtain more information regarding Taxpayer Identification Numbers, please visit the local IRS office at 1935 Ridgewood Drive, Chico.
Do you need a Seller's Permit?
According to the State Board of Equalization, you must obtain a seller's permit if you are engaged in business in California and sell or lease merchandise, vehicles, or other tangible personal property that is subject to sales or use tax. Making taxable sales without a valid permit is a misdemeanor under California's Sales and Use Tax Law and is subject to fines and penalties.
To apply for a Seller's Permit you must contact the State Board of Equalization at (800) 400-7115 to request an Express Registration package.
Fictitious Name Statements:
If you are working under a fictitious name, you Must file a Fictitious Name Statement with Tehama County Clerk/Recorder (530)527-3350.
To receive additional information regarding a City business license, please contact us at (530)527-2605. Permits may also be required from the Departments and Agencies listed above.