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COUNTY WEB SITES *

Los Angeles County Web Page - The official web site of Los Angeles County, CA.

Los Angeles County Economic Development - The mission of the LAEDC is to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs for the regions of LA County.  Just as the region’s economy has grown, so have the breadth and impact of the LAEDC’s programs and services. They promote proactive leadership for a strong economy through the Southern California Leadership Council and facilitate global connections through the World Trade Center Los Angeles-Long Beach (WTCA LA-Long Beach).

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works - Here you can register your business and bid on county contracts.  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Works want you to succeed in obtaining a share of "shovel ready" and stimulus funded contracts available through the County. View presentation and FAQ's about available road, bridge, building, airport, flood control, energy, and consulting contracting opportunities as well as an update on the Economic Stimulus Package funding.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk - Handles property records, marriage licenses and ceremonies, birth and death certificates, and many other services.  Also oversees the Orange County Archives, where materials detailing the history of Los Angeles County can be found.

Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning - Performs all land use planning functions for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Our services include long range planning, land development counseling, project/case intake and processing, environmental review and zoning enforcement for each of our County unincorporated communities.

Los Angeles County Land Use and Zoning - How communities use land within their boundaries is referred to as land use policy. Land use policy establishes the basic type and intensity of uses permitted by the General Plan for each land use category, including the overall maximum density for residential development and maximum intensity of development for commercial and industrial uses. Effective land use policy adapts to fast-changing environmental, social and economic conditions.

Los Angeles County Permits and Licenses - The government requires businesses to obtain permits and licenses to conduct their operations, but the requirement varies dependent on the location of the company and the type of services it provides. Certain types of businesses are required to have business licenses. Those in unincorporated areas should check with the County Business License Office to see if they are required to have a license, while those in cities should check with their city halls. In addition, specialized businesses may be required to obtain additional licenses or permits, like pest control operators and food establishments. The state regulates some industries as well. The majority of businesses are required to register a fictitious name statement.

Los Angeles County Code of Ordinances - Find all the information online here for administrative and regulatory ordinances.  Find building codes, ordinance codes and planned development codes.

Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector  - Responsible for collecting taxes on all secured and unsecured property in Los Angeles County. This office is also responsible for the sale of property subject to the "power to sell," formerly known as delinquent tax deeded property. The Tax Collector also provides remittance processing services, information system services, and departmental administrative support. Here you can find also find information on business licenses and public financing.

Los Angeles County Applications and Forms – Here you can find all needed forms for permit applications, affidavits and certificates.   All forms are available to download in pdf format.

Los Angeles County GIS Maps - This mapping service will provide you with basic information about resources within Los Angeles County. Allow for interactively viewing and investigating zoning, land use policy, subdivision activity, aerial imagery, and many other features pertaining to land use within the unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County. These applications also allow the user to create markups and save map extents to Portable Data Format (PDF), which can then be printed.

Los Angeles County Environmental Health - The Environmental Health Division strives to promote health and quality of life by identifying, preventing, and controlling harmful environmental factors in Los Angeles County. This site contains a variety of environmental health information, including inspection results, food safety, housing, pest control, and ocean water quality. Specialists enforce the requirements contained in the California Retail Food Code which is part of the California Health and Safety Code.

Los Angeles County, California
STATE WEB SITES

State Web Site - The official web site for the State of California.

California Business Programs - The California Secretary of State's web site.

California Business Permits, Licensing and Registration -  Does your type of business or profession require permits, licenses or registrations? Get information on the business permit, licensing and business and professional registration requirements by type of business and location from Business Permits, Licenses and Registrations Made Simple.

California Business Laws and Regulations – Here you will find links to California Business and Professions Code - Read laws covering business rights, professions and vocations, consumer affairs, administrative provisions, and more; California Commercial Code - Browse laws concerning performance, breach, bank deposits, investment securities, and more; and California Corporations Code - Find laws covering general corporation law, limited liability companies, small businesses, mergers, and more.

California Code of Regulations (CCR) -  This website is maintained by West under contract with the State of California Office of Administrative Law to provide free public access to the full text of the CCR.

California Economic Strategy Panel - continuously examines changes in the state’s economic base and industry sectors to develop a statewide vision and strategic initiatives to guide public policy decisions for economic growth and competitiveness. The California Regional Economies Project is currently the lead mechanism for these efforts.

State of California Grant Programs -  offers programs and services to provide a vehicle for the State to work collaboratively with businesses, academia, industry, the federal government, environmental community, public interest groups, and energy market participants.

California Department of Transportation - The public is encouraged to take advantage of many services offered online.  Updated regularly with current traffic conditions and road closures.

California Traffic Data Branch - is responsible for the collection and dissemination of TRAFFIC COUNTS in various formats (the link above is for the most current online searchable format), and only on the State Highway System.

California Business Portal - this website provides a portal to a number of resources for starting, growing, financing, expanding or relocating a business in California. The Partnership includes the Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, California Department of Food & Agriculture, and the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency. The portal seeks to simplify the path to the resources you need.

California Real Estate Professionals Licensing Information - Information for Real Estate Appraisers, Brokers and salespeople.

State GIS maps - Including both state and county maps,

State Health Department - California State Health Department's web site.

State of California's ABC Division - For Alcohol Licensing information.

CoolCalifornia.org - Our mission is to provide all Californians with the tools they need to voluntarily reduce global warming pollution.

Small Business Award Program  – The annual CoolCalifornia Small Business Award Program is administered by the California Air Resources Board.  The program recognizes small California businesses and organizations (under 100 employees) that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary achievements towards reducing their climate impact.

Small Business Financial Resources - The first thing every small business interested in state and federal stimulus projects should know is you are NOT too late. Most of the money designated for federal stimulus projects is still available and will be distributed over the next two years. Furthermore, the stimulus funding is divided into 10 general categories, across multiple agencies, all with varying timelines. This means now is the time to be learning more about projects you may want to bid on and positioning your business to compete effectively. To learn more, click here

Rural Development Business and Cooperative Program - works in partnership with the private sector and community-based organizations to provide financial assistance and business planning. Technical assistance is also provided to rural businesses and cooperatives.  Programs include Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loans, Intermediary Re lending Program Loans, Rural Business Enterprise Grants, Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants, and Rural Cooperative Development Grants.

Central California Small Business Development Center (CCSBDC) – Grow your business here.  Programs are part of the United States Small Business Administration's national network of SBDC’s.  As such, the programs leverage local, state and federal dollars to strengthen small businesses, and thus, positively impact the state's economy.  The SBDC’s facilitate the success of small business through business management counseling and training, resulting in economic impacts such as the creation and retention of jobs increases in sales and profits, new business starts and more.

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) protects consumers by licensing and regulating California's construction industry. There are more than 310,000 licensed contractors in the state, in 43 different licensing classifications. In addition to educating consumers about contractors and construction law, CSLB activities include administering examinations to test prospective licensees, issuing licenses, investigating complaints against licensed and unlicensed contractors, issuing citations, suspending or revoking licenses, and seeking administrative, criminal, and civil sanctions against violators.

Chambers of Commerce - There are over 120 individual chambers of commerce in Los Angeles County, CA. This link is to a county maintained .pdf file identifying the various chambers operating.

SCORE Glendale - Los Angeles -To provide professional guidance and information, accessible to all, to maximize the success of America's existing and emerging small businesses.

Los Angeles Bar Association - The largest local voluntary bar association in the nation with a membership of more than 24000 attorneys.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

* Los Angeles County, CA

Is comprised of 39 Cities all of which are responsible for creating and maintain their own municipal codes and ordinances.
Please contact the local municipality for any recent changes, additions or modifications to their codes.

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UTILITIES

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - The nation's largest municipal utility serving water and power to the entire City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Sewers - OK, we have to admit, for a utility, the LA Sewer Department, has a very comprehensive web site.

Southern California Gas Company - is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing energy to 20.3 million consumers in more than 500 communities.

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