Some commercial and industrial business activities may require a use permit prior to operating. Those businesses include, but are not limited to:
- 24-hour Convenience Markets
- Arcade/Gaming Centers
- Auto Dismantling
- Auto Sales
- Drive thru Windows
- Gas Stations
- Outdoor Festivals/Flea Market
- Palm Reading/Fortune Tellers
- Private Social Centers
- Public Dance
- Public Storage
- Temporary Concession Stands
All commercial and industrial businesses are required to meet certain Development Standards (i.e. landscaping, parking, fencing, setbacks, etc.). Your license may be subject to denial if the property is not in compliance with these standards.
Businesses are allowed promotional displays such as banners against the building, flags, pennant flags or search lights upon the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit. Time limits of the use shall not exceed thirty (30) days within the first one-hundred eighty (180) days of business and other existing businesses shall be limited to one period not exceeding ten (10) days within a given year.
If you have any questions regarding zoning compliance, Home Occupation Standards, Use Permits, Temporary Use Permits or Development Standards please email the Department of Planning and Environmental Review via email at SacPlan@saccounty.gov prior to submitting a business license application. Or, to read more about these requirements, go to our Links page and click on Planning Department.
The State of California issues day care licenses. See our Links page for contact information. Depending on the size of your day care you may still need a General Business License to operate in the unincorporated area.