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Business License or Registration

The City of Lafayette does not require a Business License or Business Registration. Businesses are free to operate without a Business License or Registration from the City.

Planning Review

To establish a new business or relocate an existing one requires compliance with local zoning regulations.  Here's everything you need to know about this process!

  • Planning Overview - good summary about the planning review process.
  • Downtown Zoning Map - shows the downtown zoning districts to determine which zoning applies to your property.
  • Zoning Districts -provides information about uses permitted and those that require a Land Use Permit.
  • Home Occupation - provides the requirements for operating a business out of your residence.
  • Activity Classifications - definitions of how the City defines your use.
  • Zoning Table - shows where your activity classification is permitted and not permitted.
  • Parking Ordinance - provides the required parking ratio for each activity classification.
  • Sign Ordinance - provides the regulations for new signage and when it requires a Sign Permit.

Still have questions?! Contact Planner@lovelafayette.org or (925) 284-1976. We're here to help!

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