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Lafayette is an ideal location for your business. The crime rate is low, business fees are low, and the citizenry is affluent. Many people are involved with schools and community activities which gives them a pride in and sense of belonging to Lafayette.

The Chamber of Commerce and the city government are committed to the continual improvement of Lafayette’s business community.

All of this adds up to an ideal place to do business. If you are interested in starting a new business or relocating an existing business in Lafayette, a great place to start is the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

Quick Links to Doing Business in the City of Lafayette

How do I get a business license?

The city does not license businesses, licenses for certain types of businesses are done through the county. For more information call (925) 957-2890.

Business Resources for Setting Up a Business:

Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Talk with small business specialist for free, get expert advice on issues that concern your business, business planning programs, free technology webinar training sessions and more.

EASTBAY Works: A One-Stop Career Center. Phone EASTBAY at 866-EBWORKS.

SCORE: “Counselors to America’s Small Businesses,” SCORE provides a wide variety of business information and workshops including free confidential business advice from a business professional via email and face-to-face sessions at the Lafayette Chamber’s office.

Experience Unlimited Contra Costa Chapter: is a volunteer network of business professionals who come together to offer individual skills, talents, support, and resources to its membership. EUCCC provides a platform for communication, connectivity, and community to its members as they seek their next career opportunity.

CAL State East Bay Small Business Development Center

CalGOLD: Find state and county requirements by business type.

BESTeam Resource Directory :  Downloadable directory to business resources

Crime Prevention for Businesses Brochure

U.S. Small Business Administration – 10 Steps to Starting a Business

How to Start a Small Business – An Overview of SmallBusiness.com Resources

US Environmental Protection Agency – Small Business Resources Information Sheet

 

County

Business Property Statement
Businesses are required to report all equipment, fixtures, supplies, and leasehold improvements held for business use at each location.

Contact:
County of Contra Costa
Assessor’s Office
834 Court Street
Martinez, CA 94553
925-313-75200

*Note: Property Statements are due January 1 of each year.

Fictitious Business Name Filing
Ficticious business name filing is required if fictitious name is used.

Contact:
County of Contra Costa
County Clerk-Recorder
Fictitious Business Name
822 Main St.
Martinez, CA 94553
925-335-7899

State

Corporation, Company or Partnership Filings
If you are considering becoming a corporation, (either stock or nonprofit), a limited liability company or a partnership (limited, limited liability, or general), you must file with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Contact:
Secretary of State
Business Programs Division
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-657-5448

*Note: Also, if you are conducting business as one of the following, you must file a bond with the Secretary of State’s Office: immigration consultant,credit services organization, dance studio, discount buying organization, employment agency, employment counseling service, invention developer, job listing service, nurses registry, or auctioneer or auction company.

Discrimination Law
Harassment or discrimination in employment is prohibited if it is based on a person’s race, ancestry, national origin, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, physical disability (including AIDS), mental disability, marital status, medical condition (cured cancer), and refusal of family care leave. Discrimination in housing, public services and accommodations is also prohibited.

Contact:
Department of Fair Employment and Housing
39141 Civic Center Drive, Suite 250
Fremont, CA 94538
510-789-1085

*Note: Employers must post the Harassment or Discrimination in Employment notice (DFEH 162) and provide their employees with a copy of the DFEH’s information sheet on sexual harassment (DFEH 185) or a statement that contains equivalent information. Employers must also provide notice of an employee’s right to request pregnancy disability leave or transfer, as well as notice to request a family and medical care leave (CFRA). Employers with 5 or more employees must maintain all personnel records for a minimum of 2 years.

Occupational Safety and Health Information
Businesses with employees must prepare an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. The state provides a no-fee consultation service to assist employers with preventing unsafe working conditions and workplace hazards.

Contact:
Department of Industrial Relations
Cal/OSHA Consultation Services
2424 Arden Way Suite 410
Sacramento, CA 95825
916-263-2855

*Note: Certain permits/licenses/certifications may be required for compliance with Health & Safety Standards, General Industry Safety Order, Carcinogen regulations and Construction Safety orders i.e. excavation/trenching, asbestos related work, crane/derrick operation, air/liquid petroleum gas tanks, etc.

Proof of Surety Bond
Proof of Surety Bond is required for all personnel management, human resources, and consulting services.

Contact:
Secretary of State
Business Programs Division
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-657-5448

*Note: If you are conducting business as one of the following, you must file a bond with the Secretary of State’s Office – immigration consultant,credit services organization, dance studio, discount buying organization, employment agency, employment counseling service, invention developer, job listing service, nurses registry, or auctioneer or auction company.

Registration Form for Employers
Employers are required to file a registration form within 15 days after paying more than $100.00 in wages to one or more employees. No distinction is made between full-time and part-time or permanent and temporary employees in meeting this requirement.

Contact:
Employment Development Department
Employment Tax Customer Service Office
For office locations…

Sales & Use Permit (Seller’s Permit)
All businesses selling or leasing tangible property must obtain a Seller’s Permit.

Contact:
State Board of Equalization
Sales/ Use Tax Division
For office locations…

*Note: Visit California State Board of Equalization for additional information about resale certificates.

State Income Tax Information
Businesses should obtain the appropriate State income tax forms from the Franchise Tax Board.

Contact:
Franchise Tax Board
1970 Broadway, Suite 550
Oakland, CA 94612-2217
800-852-5711

State Income Tax Information
Businesses should obtain the appropriate State income tax forms from the Franchise Tax Board.

Contact:
Franchise Tax Board
Business Entities Division
P.O. Box 942857
Sacramento, CA 94257
1-800-852-5711
916-845-4543

*Note: All businesses are required to submit a Business Income Tax statement annually.

Wage/Hour Laws
Businesses with employees must comply with laws establishing minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions.

Contact:
Department of Industrial Relations
Labor Standards Enforcement

Workers’ Compensation Information
Businesses with employees must maintain Workers’ Compensation Insurance coverage on either a self-insured basis, or provided through a commercial carrier, or the State Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund.

Contact:
Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Workers’ Compensation
2424 Arden Way, Suite 230
Sacramento, CA 95825
916-263-2735

Federal

Employer Identification Number (EIN or SSN)
Employers with employees, business partnerships, and corporations, must obtain an Employer Identification Number from the I.R.S. Businesses can obtain appropriate Federal income tax forms from this location.

Contact:
US Department of Treasury
Internal Revenue Services
185 Lennon Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
800-829-1040

Proof of Residency Requirement
Employees hired after November 6, 1986 must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Contact:
US Immigration and Naturalization Service
444 Washington Street (physical address)
630 Sansome Street (mailing address)
San Francisco, CA 94111
800-375-5283

Other

Consulting Training and Financial Assistance
May be used for business assistance information and answers to basic business questions. Business owners can utilize consultant’s and information resources to examine new business opportunities, to develop financial or marketing skills, or to evaluate virtually any part of their business.

Contact:
Small Business Development Center
2425 Bisso Lane, Suite 200
Concord, CA 94520-4817
925-646-5377

*Note: The center offers a Pre-Business Workshop once a month.

 

ADA Information Resources – a list of resources for questions regarding ADA requirements

Accessibility Regulations & Small Business – presentation by Bonderud Architects