Regulatory Guidance

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The Placer Business Resource Center offers information and guidance in navigating the regulatory and permitting process required to set up a business and achieve success.

After developing your business plan you will review it with an advisor. And when you have your financing lined up, it’s time to get permits.

Although the BRC does not issue permits or licenses, we deliver multi-jurisdictional permit assistance by providing information and help with navigating the regulatory and permitting process.

Business License Assistance

Any resident or non-resident doing business, in the unincorporated areas of Placer County, is required to obtain a business license. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any business in the unincorporated areas of the County without first having a business license. (Ordinance 101, Chapter 5, Section 5.12)

For additional information, contact the Treasurer-Tax Collector at 530-889-4120 or visit their office located at 2976 Richardson Drive, Auburn.

Zoning

Zoning designations specifically define what use is currently allowed on a specific parcel, and outlines design and development guidelines for those intended uses such as setbacks, minimum lot sizes, buffering and landscaping requirements, etc.  Zoning designations are what you can legally do with your parcel today.

For additional information regarding the zoning of your parcel, contact the Planning Services Division at 530-745-3000 or visit their office located at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn.

Building Permits

The Building Services Division provides and process building permits, review plans, and inspect construction in the unincorporated areas of Placer County to verify that work complies with building codes for safe and habitable structures.  Their Mission is "Helping the community build safe and sustainable dreams through high-quality customer service, certainty, engagement, and transparently adaptable standards."

For additional information regarding building requirements, contact the Building Services Division at 530-745-3000 or visit their office located at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn.

Fictitious Business Name

Fictitious Business Name Statement forms are available from and filed at the Clerk-Recorder's Office. These are public documents kept on file until they expire or are abandoned. People starting a new business in the county may wish to search the business names on file when considering their business name.

Search Fictitious Business Name Statements

For additional information, contact the Clerk-Recorder's Office at 530-886-5610 or visit their office located at 2954 Richardson Drive, Auburn.