Having current and relevant information about local businesses helps fuel economic development in the City - including the ability to attract more high quality, good paying jobs. This economic growth is good for everyone - existing residents, new residents, and business in general. By gathering information about who's doing business in the City of Shasta Lake, the City can improve their approach to planning and public safety. Developing a greater understanding of economic activity allows the planning department to consider new zoning.
The most effective way for a City to gather information about businesses is through a business license program.
Most new or relocating businesses operating in City of Shasta Lake need to apply for a business license and pay an application fee. The City understands the time constraints that limit so many business owners; therefore, the process is designed to be as simple as possible. Additionally, the business licensing fee has been set at the lowest possible amount, just enough to cover operation of the program.
If you are planning to conduct business within the City of Shasta Lake, you must complete a Business License Application (PDF). Business licenses are required:
- When the gross income of the business exceeds three hundred dollars ($300) per quarter;
- When your business is located outside the City but you are conducting business within the city limits;
- When you are conducting a business out of your home. Home-Based businesses must also complete a Home Occupation Application (PDF) and sign a Home Occupation Affidavit (PDF). Approval by the City's Planning Division is required to determine whether the business is allowed in the applicable Zoning District.
- Additional approvals may be required based on the type of business. For example, you may be required to record a Fictitious Business Name, apply for a Seller's Permit or obtain approval through Shasta County Environmental Health. The attached Business Resource List (PDF) provides contact information for various local, state and federal agencies whose approval may be required.