Business Registration

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The City of Dana Point does not require a business license, however, a Certificate of Occupancy is required for all new business, existing business undergoing any tenant improvements that require a Building Permit, change of ownership when no tenant improvements are constructed, any new use, or change of business use or type in existing space(s). The fee for a Certificate of Occupancy is $78.


In-Lieu of a Business License, the City has a Business Registration Program. The program includes all businesses located in the City’s commercial areas. The Business Registration Program is voluntary, but participation will allow us to better communicate with our business community and help us gain insight on the local business climate. The information will also assist the City’s Police and Fire Services in contacting the local owner and/or manager of a business in case of an emergency. Business Registration Applications (PDF) can be completed online, faxed, e-mailed, or mailed to the address listed below. There is NO FEE associated with the Business Registration Program.


Home based businesses are not required to participate in the Business Registration program. However, it is recommended that Home Based Businesses fill out and submit a Home Based Business Agreement. The agreement outlines the rules and regulations for operating a home based business. There is NO FEE associated with this agreement.


Click on the following links to access documents:

· Certificate of Occupancy
· Business Registration Application
· Home Based Business Agreement


If you have any questions regarding the City of Dana Point Business Registration Program please contact:


City of Dana Point
Business Registration c/o Economic Development
33282 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 248-3553
Fax: (949) 248-7372
Rachel Johnson:

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