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Further information about these questions can be found on the second page of this form.
(Must be different than Owner/Representative from above. Must reside within 30 minutes.)
I understand that (1) issuance of a license DOES NOT constitute a license to operate; (2) taxes are paid annually in advance and are not refundable; (3) the business license certificate must be posted in a visible place in the business; (4) failure to receive a renewal is not an excuse for unpaid tax; (5) I must notify this office of any change in location, ownership, business name, basis of tax, and of termination of business; (6) the business can NOT operate until premises have been inspected and certified for use by Community Development department and, if appropriate, Utilities department; and (7) the business must operate in compliance with all laws and regulations.
Applicant represents, under penalty of perjury, that they are authorized to submit this application, that all above statements are true, correct and hereby authorizes verification of these items and that all required licenses and approval are in full force and effect.
By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
For business license questions, call 831-768-3450
The City of Watsonville is very thankful for your decision to make Watsonville your home. We have many ways to help businesses such as yours and encourage you to contact us about the programs available at 831-768-3015, email the Economic Development Department, or visit the Economic Development page.
Select the appropriate "Business Type" for your company (only select one) and enter Business name, address and contact information.
Enter the owner information for 2 owners or Officers.
Provide information about the major activities of your business and/or services that will be provided. Other general information required is the business start date (estimate if not started yet), whether business is a commercial or residential area, and the number of owners, full-time and part-time employees working within the City of Watsonville.
• ID Numbers: Enter all ID numbers that apply to your business (Federal Identification Number, California EDD, Health Permit and/or Resale number). See below for an explanation about these fields.
• Alarms & items on-site: Checkmark each appropriate box for the alarms on your business site and/or any type of items on-site that emergency crews might need to know (guard dogs, hazardous materials, etc.).
Any business that will sell alcohol will need a City Use Permit (PDF) from the Community Development Department and a State License from the California's Alcohol Beverage Control Department.
You must obtain Workers' Compensation Insurance, a FEIN (see below) and obtain a California tax ID number from the Employment Development Department (800-300-5616).
Every business with employees and all partnerships, corporations, non-profits/associations must apply for and obtain a free FEIN. Go to the IRS website and search "apply for EIN" for more information or use IRS Form SS-4 or call the IRS at 800-829-4933.
Required if a business name does NOT include the surname (last name) of the individual owner or partners OR a business name that implies the existence of additional owners (this may not apply to corporations). For more information, go to County of Santa Cruz page, or call 831-454-2470.
Any business that involves food may require a Health Permit issued by the County of Santa Cruz "Environmental Health Services" department. For more information call 831-454-2022 or go to the County of Santa Cruz page.
Any business that intends to sell goods (wholesale or retail) must obtain from the State a "Sellers Permit". More information can be found on the Board of Equalization page, or by calling 831-754-4500.
If you plan to conduct "door to door" sales, you must obtain from the City's Police Department a solicitors permit. Call 768-3300 for more information.
Go online to the Secretary of State Business Programs page for steps to starting a business.
Attention: to process your application you must submit the printed hard copy to the Community Development Department.
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