Start With a Business Plan
Start with creating a business plan. Information on how to create a business plan can be found at your local library or at Glendale Community College. Additional resources are available at the Small Business Development Center by calling (818) 552-3321.
Name Your Business
A fictitious business name (also known as a "DBA") is needed. Local newspapers, such as The Crescenta Weekly and The Los Angeles Times can assist you with completing this process for a small fee. Contact (818) 637-3200 extension 208 for more info. Applications can also be submitted at a Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk branch office. For more info, click here.
Select a Location
Determine zoning requirements and secure any special zoning clearances. Contact the City of Glendale Community Development Department at (818) 548-2140 for more information.
Visit the Permit Center
It is very strongly encouraged that before you commit to a location for your future business, you visit the Building & Safety’s Permit Services Center at 633 E. Broadway, Suite 101 between the hours of 7am and 12pm and speak with City staff. Staff members from various Departments and Divisions will be able to provide you with a history of the space you are interested in as well as advise you on potential needs for improvement, additional licenses/permits, etc.
Obtain a Business Registration Certificate
Prior to opening, every business in the City of Glendale must register with the City by obtaining a Business Registration Certificate (BRC). Learn more about how to apply for and obtain a BRC. Applications are now being accepted online or by mail only. If you wish to open a business located inside your home, you will need a “Home Occupation Permit” which can be applied for by contacting the Planning Division at (818) 548-2115.