Welcome to the City of Lancaster. We want to thank you for choosing to operate your business in Lancaster and wish you well in all your business endeavors.
Business License Requirements
Per the City of Lancaster Municipal Code Title 5, Chapter 5.04 - Business Licenses and Regulations, it is unlawful for a person to transact any business in the City without first having obtained a business license. A business license authorizes the licensee to transact business at the location designated on the license. Evidence of doing business include the use of signs, circulars, cards, telephone books, newspapers, internet advertising including but not limited to use of social media or other form of advertisement to represent transacting business in the City. Businesses who hold an active license issued by another governmental agency indicating that such person is transacting business in the City are also required to obtain a license from the City of Lancaster.
Licenses are valid for a term of twelve (12) months, commencing on the first day of the month the business began operating in the City or when the City issued the business license, whichever is earlier. Licenses must be renewed a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to expiration. The City of Lancaster may send a renewal notice; however, this notice is a courtesy. Non-payment of renewal fees prior to the license expiration date may result in penalties being assessed to the license.
Additional Approvals and Permits Required for Operating a Business
Businesses are advised to visit the Planning Department prior to applying for a Business License.
Prior to operating a business in the City of Lancaster businesses may be required to obtain additional approvals and permits from the following departments:
Building & Safety
LA County Fire Prevention
LA County Health
Fictitious Business Name (DBA)
Businesses should consider registering their business name (not required) at the County Recorder’s Office. This will register the business name and no other businesses can use it. This is not a requirement to obtain a business license.
County Recorder’s Office
44509 16th ST west Ste: 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
AB3002 - On and after January 1, 2019, each city, county, or city and county shall provide to an applicant for a business license or equivalent instrument or permit and to an applicant for the renewal of the business license or equivalent instrument or permit, the following notice to applicants for business licenses: DISABILITY ACCESS REQUIREMENTS
SB1186 - On and after January 1, 2013, each city, county, or city and county shall provide to an applicant for a business license or equivalent instrument or permit and to an applicant for the renewal of the business license or equivalent instrument or permit, the following information:
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: The Division of the State Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx; The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov; The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov