Citrus Heights issues business licenses to regulate businesses activities that occur within the city limits. The license promotes enforcement of city ordinances that protect the public and prevent nuisances and neighborhood disturbances. The license is not a business tax and is not based on business revenue. For additional information e-mail the business license section or phone (916) 727-4907.
There are two types of business licenses:
General Business Licenses are required for any business performing business activity within the City. All businesses in the City of Citrus Heights are required to obtain a General Business License except for the following, which are exempt by state law:
* Financial Institutions - Banks, savings and loans, credit unions, loan and similar financial institutions as defined in Code Section 17351 of the California Business and Professions Code, except that check-cashing businesses do require a General Business License.
*Residential Facilities - apartments, rooming houses, duplexes, and other residential facilities in which living units are rented or leased solely on a term of thirty days or longer, residential care homes for adults or children, and family day care homes.
* Public Assembly Buildings - churches, labor union halls, temples, fraternal halls, and other lodges.
* Public Libraries
* Agriculture - includes the growing of crops, raising of livestock, and dairying, except that a General Business License is required for any enterprise that combines product from multiple farms or ranches by a cooperative or other business enterprise for marketing distribution.
Special Business Licenses are required for individuals performing certain types of business activities within the city limits. Special Business Licenses are issued after a background review by the Citrus Heights Police Department. In addition to a Special Business License, employees who engage in certain activities will require an Employee Permit (see below for additional information on Employee Permits). You will need a Special Business License if your business falls in the categories listed below:
* Antique Dealers
* Auto dismantlers
* Bingo games, organizations, parlors
* Card rooms
* Circuses, carnivals, fairs, petting zoo
* Weapons dealers & sales of gun powder
* Maid/carpet cleaning/janitorial
* Home repair/landscaping/house cleaning services
* Massage establishments and massage therapist (see Additional Information below)
* Mobile auto repairs
* Motorcycle sales, including new and used parts
* Pool halls
* Private security company (unless licensed by the State of California)
* Purchase or sale of metals, including scrap metals
* Repossession or storage of autos
Some businesses may require both a General Business License and a Special Business License. Some Special Business License holders may be required to have their employees obtain an Employee Permit.
Employee Permits are required for certain employees of Special Business License holders. Examples of Special License holders that may be required to have their employees obtain an Employee Permit include:
* Card room dealers
* Manager of a bingo hall
* Mobile food vendor
* Taxi driver
* Towing company drivers
Massage Establishments and Therapists
Massage establishment business owners located with the boundaries of Citrus Heights are required to apply for the General Business License and a Special Business License. Applicants must also complete the Massage Establishment Clearance Form. Massage Establishment owners are required to provide: a copy of a diploma or certificate from a recognized massage school showing no less than 200 hours of instruction; current CPR certificate; Practitioner's liability coverage in compliance with Section 22-617; evidence that the applicant has completed a tuberculosis (TB) skin test within the last thirty (30) days, and does not have active TB in compliance with Section 22-620; Two (2) identical passport photos; a copy of photo identification such as a driver license; and, a state issued identification card or similar document of identification; articles of incorporation or partnership agreement, if applicable; all criminal convictions, except minor traffic violations; a statement as to whether the applicant intends to employ more than two massage therapists on-site performing massages simultaneously; a statement whether the applicant intends to provide massage services off-site; information demonstrating the proposed business is consistent with applicable land use designation; and the full name, address and telephone number of each person or persons who will be conducting massage therapy at the proposed location. Massage operations are restricted to operating only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The establishment must be in compliance with facility and sanitation standards as prescribed by city ordinance. It is the owner's responsibility to comply with all city building requirements and ordinances.
Massage therapists working in a salon or as an independent contractor are required to apply for the Special Business License and undergo photographing and fingerprinting at the City's Police Service Center. In addition, applicants must provide: a copy of diploma or certificate from a recognized massage school showing no less than 200 hours of instruction; a current CPR certificate; Practitioner's liability coverage in compliance with Section 22-617; evidence that the applicant has completed a tuberculosis (TB) skin test within the last thirty (30) days, and does not have active TB in compliance with Section 22-620; Two (2) identical passport photos and a copy of photo identification such as applicant driver license and an identification card or similar document of identification. Applicants must complete the Massage License Clearance Form which requires applicants to list all business name and locations where the applicant intends to provide massage; previous employers for the last 5 years; and any license revocations or suspensions.
Massage therapists working as a mobile therapist or in-home business are required to apply for the General Business License in addition to the Special Business License. In-home business applicants must also complete the Home Occupation Clearance Form. It is the responsibility of the business license applicant to identify and comply with all City ordinances.
General Business Licenses
Initial General Business License ($25.00 Processing fee and $50.00 License fee) - $75.00
Annual General Business License Fee - Renewal - $50.00
Annual Special Business License Fee (Initial and at Renewal) - $125.00
Massage Establishment and Massage Therapists
Initial Massage Establishment License ($25.00 Processing fee and $50.00 License fee) - $75.00
Annual Massage Establishment License - Renewal - $50.00
Annual Massage Therapist Permit (Initial and at Renewal) - $125.00
Identification Cards - $10.00
Duplicate License or Permit - $10.00
Duplicate Identification Card - $10.00
Employee Permit (Initial and at Renewal) - $100.00
*NOTE: For Special Business Licenses and Employee Permits there is an additional $49 fee for Department of Justice fingerprinting and background check.
General Business License Application form
Home Occupation Clearance form
Massage Therapist Clearance form
Massage Establishment Clearance form
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