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Steps Necessary for a Business License
To avoid delays in the issuance of your business license, please follow the steps below. Please note: Steps 3 through 6 require various departments to sign off before the final issuance of the license.

Step 1
TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE - (530) 621-5800 Apply for your business license application by completing the steps below and continuing the online application process.
1) Business License Information
2) Map for Placerville or South Lake Tahoe. The map will show each of the departments that must, if applicable, sign off on the application. OR Contact the Tax Collector's Office in Placerville at (530) 621-5800. Note: Steps 3 through 6 below, if applicable, require the applicant to go to the department in person.

Step 2
ASSESSOR'S OFFICE - (530) 621-5719 (Placerville) or (530) 573-3422 (So. Lake Tahoe) Contact the Assessor's office for your assessor's parcel number (APN) for the business property address.
Write the APN on your online application in the space provided.

Step 3
Planning and Building Department - (530) 621-5355 (Placerville) or (530) 573-3330 (South Lake Tahoe)
All business license applications (except home-based business applications) must be approved by the Planning & Building Department.
If you are a home-based business, please complete the checklist (Click here) and attach on the next online application page.

Step 4
Environmental Management - (530) 621-5300 (Placerville) or (530) 573-3450 (South Lake Tahoe) The following businesses require Environmental Management Department sign-off and may require a separate Environmental Health permit or registration: • Restaurants, businesses handling food (including prepackaged foods), and Cottage Food Operations. • Auto Repair shops, gas stations, pool suppliers, collectors and/or storage of hazardous waste, please refer to

Step 5
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - (530) 621-5703 (Placerville) or (530) 573-3000 (So. Lake Tahoe) Required for itinerant businesses and other Special Business Licenses only.

Step 6
RECORDER'S OFFICE - (530) 621-5490 (Placerville) or (530) 573-3408 (So. Lake Tahoe)
If you do not use your last name in the name of your business, you must file for a fictitious business name.

Step 7
TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE After completing the online application process, your business will be reviewed and you will receive an email to complete the payment process. Once the payment is completed, your business license will be sent to the mailing address on the application within 7 working days.