Business Licenses

Business Licenses

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The City of Indian Wells requires a business license for all contractors, sub-contractors, short-term rentals, mobile businesses and landscape companies. Anyone conducting a business, service or contracting work within the City of Indian Wells must obtain a business license.

Please be advised that Business Licenses are not prorated and expire at the end of each calendar year. (December 31st)

Applications are available below. You can also obtain an application from the Business License Division at Indian Wells City Hall during office hours with the counter being closed daily for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, or contact our office to request an application via mail, email or fax. Please Note: we are able to accept a faxed or E-mailed copy for expediting purposes, but require that the original application be mailed or personally delivered to our office.

A. All Contractors must have a current and valid contractors license with the Contractor's State License Board, they can be reached at 1-800-321-2752. http://www.cslb.ca.gov/

B. Anyone selling products must have a State Sellers Permit. If you are in-city business you must provide a copy of your Seller's Permit when you apply. Please note your permit number and it must show the Indian Wells business address. The State Board of Equalization will be able to provide address changes, if needed.

C. If a Fictitious Business Name is used, it must be filed through the County of Riverside. You will be required to publish the name in the local newspaper. Copies of the fictitious name statement and proof of publication (receipt) must be included with your application.

D. If a partnership, Corporation, trust or Limited Liability Corporation owns the business; you must provide a Federal ID Number (EIN). If you are a Sole Proprietor you may either use Social Security Number or a federal ID Number. A husband Wife may not need to obtain a Federal ID Number. Please check the above link for details. Businesses that are corporations must attach copies of the first three pages of their Articles of Incorporation.

E. If you have employees, you must provide a State ID Number (EDD).

F. If you operate a business that is licensed by a state agency (such as contractors) you must provide your State License Number and a copy of the State Contractor Card.

On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1186 which adds a state fee of $1.00 on any applicant or renewal for a local business license beginning January 1, 2013. In addition, SB1186 requires the following information to be given:

Notice: Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies: The Division of the State Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx- The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov – The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov

For all vendors/businesses not physically located in the City of Indian Wells please complete the "Outside" application below.

Attention Gardeners and Landscape Professionals:  As part of a valley wide ordinance to improve air quality, before you renew or apply for your Business License in Indian Wells you will be required annually to obtain a Certificate of Completion issued by Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) certifying successful completion of their FREE Overseeding Course and a Certificate of Completion issued by the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) certifying successful completion of their FREE Water Conservation Landscape Certification Program. For more information or to register for this course, please contact College of the Desert - PACE at (760) 776-7420 or visit their website at www.collegeofthedesert.edu/pace

Business License Application Outside

Business License Application Commercial - For businesses physically located in Indian Wells ONLY

Business License Application Home Occupancy

Those who wish to work as massage therapists must obtain a permit to work within the City of Indian Wells. 

Click here to download the requirements for a Massage Permit.

Click here to download a Massage Application.

In addition, all retailers located in Indian Wells who wish to sell cigarettes, tobacco products, cigarette papers and/or cigarette wrappers must have a Tobacco Retailers License.

Please click this link to download the form

Form may be submitted in person or by mail. There is no fee for the Tobacco Retailer's License.

For further questions please contact us at 760-776-0229.

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