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Fictitious Business Names, Business Licenses

A Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed if the business name chosen is different from the proprietor’s legal name. In general, if a business name does not have the last name of all the owners, or differs from the incorporation documents or implies greater ownership, a Fictitious Business Name Statement is involved. For instance, adding words such as “and company”, “son/daughter”, and “associates” implies greater ownership and is treated as an assumed name

To Use a Fictitious Business Name.
If a Fictitious Business Name Statement is required, the following actions should be taken:

  1. Check With the County Clerk to do a fictitious business name search to be sure no one in the county already has that name. You should also check with the Secretary of State to check that no corporations use the name as well.
  2. Publish the Fictitious Business Name Statement in a newspaper of general circulation in the County where the principal place of business is located once a week for four successive weeks.
  3. File an affidavit of publication with the County Clerk within 30 days of publication. All filings are done through the County rather than the city.

County Clerk’s Office
501 Low Gap Rd. Rm. 1020
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4311

Business Licenses

All businesses are required to have some type of license or permit in Mendocino County. This section is intended to clarify which regulations would apply to your business.

City of Ukiah

The City of Ukiah bases business license fees upon estimated gross receipts. Ukiah also charges an application fee of $10, or $40 for an application requiring a field inspection. For additional information, contact: City of Ukiah 300 Seminary Ave. Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 463-6200 DOWNLOAD THE CITY OF UKIAH BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATION: www.cityofukiah.com/forms/finance_dept/finance_dept_business_license_app.pdf (PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

City of Willits

The City of Willits bases business license fees on quarterly receipts. Willits charges a one-time application fee of $15 for business licenses. City of Willits 111 E. Commercial Street Willits, CA 95490 (707) 459-4601

Business Licenses – Unincorporated County

Typically, if your primary business location is in an incorporated city, the County of Mendocino does not require an additional permit. License fees for a Business License in the County vary widely depending on the type of business. The Planning Department grants the approval, but the Business License is issued by the Treasurer-Tax Collector.

County Planning & Building Dept.
501 Low Gap Rd.
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4281

County Treasurer-Tax Collector
501 Low Gap Rd.
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4321

Business Licenses – State of California

Sole proprietorships and general partnerships do not require licenses from the state. Limited partnerships and Limited Liability Companies however have to register with the Secretary of State and follow regulations pertaining to those particular business structures. All Corporations within the state are required to register with the Secretary of State and file their Articles of Incorporation in order to be granted a charter to do business in California.

Secretary of State
Business Programs Division
1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-657-5448
www.ss.ca.gov

Employer Identification Number (EIN or SSN)
Employers with employees, business partnerships, and corporations, must obtain an Employer Identification Number from the I.R.S. Businesses can obtain appropriate Federal income tax forms from this location.

Internal Revenue Service
4330 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814
800-829-3676
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FOR AN EMPLOYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER:
www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fss4.pdf (PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

State Income Tax Information
Businesses should obtain the appropriate State income tax forms from the Franchise Tax Board. All businesses are required to submit a Business Income Tax statement annually.

Franchise Tax Board
Business Entities Division
P.O. Box 942857
Sacramento, CA 94257
1-800-852-5711; 916-845-4543
www.ftb.ca.gov