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Permits & Licenses

Can I get a Small Business loan

Contact Brian Moe with the Small Business Development Center at (559) 625-3051.

Can I put up a sign on telephone poles

No

Can I renew my driving license online

Information is available from the Department of Motor Vehicles, see link below.

Do I need a license or permit to run a business out of my house

Yes. Contact the Business Tax Division at (559) 713-4326. You also need to apply for a home occupation permit with the Planning Division at (559) 713-4359.

Do I need a permit for a new swimming pool

Yes.  Contact the Building Safety Division at 315 E Acequia, Visalia, CA  (559) 713-4444

Do I need a permit for a yard or garage sale

No permit is required.  Only two (2) yard/garage sales are allowed per year for a maximum of three (3) days each.

Do I need a permit for my business sign

Contact the Planning Dept at 713-4359 for information and details.

How do I obtain a contractor’s license

Contact the California Contractors State License Board at 1-800-321-CSLB for information.  You can also find information by following the links below.

How do I renew my contractor’s license

Contact the California Contractors State License Board at 1-800-321-CSLB for information.  You can also find information by following the links below.

I am building a new house, what departments do I talk to

Contact Community Development Department ( Planning Division and Building Safety Divisions) at 559-713-4444 located at 315 E Acequia, Visalia 

I am opening a restaurant, what permits and licenses do I need

A City Business Tax Certificate is required; however it is a tax not a license to operate.  Requirements from other regulatory agencies may be needed and is recommended to receive approval prior to applying for a Business Tax Certificate.  Visit the web below: or contact the Business Tax Division at 315 E. Acequia, (559) 713-4326.

I am opening a retail store, what business permits do I need

A City Business Tax Certificate is required; however it is a tax not a license to operate.  Requirements from other regulatory agencies may be needed and is recommended to receive approval prior to applying for a Business Tax Certificate.  Visit the web or contact the Business Tax Division at 315 E. Acequia, (559) 713-4326.

I am remodeling my house what permits do I need

Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Permits as applicable may be required.  Contact the Building Safety Division at 315 E Acequia, Visalia, CA  (559) 713-4444.  If located in the Historic Preservation District prior approval is needed from the Planning Division at (559) 713-4359.

I am starting a new business... what licenses do I need

A City Business Tax Certificate is required; however it is a tax not a license to operate.  Requirements from other regulatory agencies may be needed and is recommended to receive approval prior to applying for a Business Tax Certificate.  Visit the web or contact the Business Tax Division at 315 E. Acequia, (559) 713-4326.

I want to film in the city who do I talk to

Contact the Planning Division at (559) 713-4359 for information and details.

I want to transfer my business to a new owner

Business tax is not transferred but is closed and a new business tax started. Contact the Business Tax Division at (559) 713-4326.

Tell me about construction permits

A building permit is a license which grants permission to start construction of a building project.  It is a vital step to to protect the public health, safety and welfare as well as assuring safe construction.  Contact the Community Development Department at (559) 713-4444.

Where can I go for General Business Assistance

Contact the Business Tax Division at (559) 713-4326 or the Better Business Bureau at (559) 625-9020 .

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