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If you are going to conduct any type of business within the city limits of Porterville, you must have a business license.
If you live inside the city limits of Porterville and are going to conduct your business out of your home, you are required to have a Home Occupation Permit.
Applications for a Porterville Business License are available through the City of Porterville Finance Department, located at 291 N. Main Street, Porterville, CA 93257, (559) 782-7457 or by clicking this link.
Following are steps to apply for a City of Porterville Business License:
Complete the full application
Note an opening date (or estimated date)
List all that apply: social security number, Federal Tax ID number, Resale Permit number.
Last six months gross receipts - estimate the gross receipts for the business from the opening date to the expiration date. This amount will determine your license fee.
Sign the application.
Enclose a check for that appropriate fee. (If you are unsure about the fee, contact the Finance Department at (559) 784-7457.
Read and sign the information sheet. Return the white copy to the Finance Department. A copy of the completed form will be returned to you with your license.
REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM
The City's Business Assistance Program provides funding of $35,000 per every NEW job created by the project that is funded by the City. These funds may be provided to the Business by a low-interest loan. Determination of the loan is made by a project basis, utilizing a variety of criteria to determine the level of assistance that may be provided to the business.
At least 51% of the full-time equivalent permanent jobs created must be made available to moderate-income individuals. A Non-Financial Employment Plan will be made a part of the Assistance packet. New jobs must be listed with the California Employment Development Department and /or Tulare County Workforce Investment Department.
The City's Revolving Loan Fund Program is funded by Community Development Block Grants (CDBG funds are federal dollars, therefore, construction projects using CDBG funds are subject to prevailing wage.
Limited funding is available and priority will be given to projects creating employment opportunities and/or benefits to the community. Approval for the use of the funds is subject to the Community Development Financial Review Committee.
Revolving Loan Fund Program Application
Revolving Loan Fund Program Guidelines
In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Block Grant funds to be used to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to COVID-19. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis.
Funds can only be used to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. All eligible businesses submitting a complete and timely application will have an equal chance application will have an equal chance on a first come first serve basis, at receiving a loan up to $50,000 (any loan exceeding that amount will need to be approved by the City Council) until all funds are exhausted).
Equal Opportunity Compliance
The Loan Program will be implemented in ways consistent with the City's commitment to State and Federal equal opportunity laws. No person or business shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole o in apart with CDBG program funds on the basis of his or her religion, religious affiliation, age, race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, martial status, familial status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or other arbitrary cause. All outreach efforts will be done in accordance with state and federal fair lending regulations to assure nondiscriminatory treatment, outreach and access to the Program.
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You will need to verify that your proposed site is zoned for your intended use and the appropriate entitlement application submitted by calling or visiting the City Planning Division. Please do this before you sign a lease or purchase land or a building! You must do this before you purchase your Business License. If the proposed site is on or near a State right of way, you may need an encroachment permit.
For more information on Zoning, contact the City of Porterville Planning Division at (559) 782-7460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Building permits are required in most cases when you plan to make physical changes to the interior or exterior of the building you plan to occupy. For more information contact the City of Porterville Building Division at (559) 782-7480 or email email@example.com
If you are erecting or painting a sign or awning, you will need a full site review and approval before a permit is issued. For more information, contact the City of Porterville Planning Division at (559) 782-7460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To assist you in finding the appropriate permitting information for your business, the CalGOLD database provides links and contact information that direct you to agencies that administer and issue business permits, licenses and registration requirements from all levels of government.
The CalGOLD listings include descriptions of the requirements, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the agencies that administer those requirements and issue the permits and licenses, and most cases a direct link to the agencies' internet web pages.
DEVELOPMENT FEE PAYMENT PLANS
Some project types are required to pay a variety of development fees. These fees are associated with new commercial and residential developing. The cost are associated with added public infrastructure (roads, parks, library, etc.) needs to serve the development. The City of Porterville offers a deferred payment that allows the development fees to be paid over a period up to ten years without interest. Contact Economic Development Department, Jason Ridenour, for more information at (559) 782-7460.
Opportunity Zones were established by the ratification of the Tax Cuts and jobs Act of 2017, in conjunction with the U.S. Investing in Opportunities Act which created tax incentives for investment in designated census tracts called Opportunity Zones. There were designed to spur growth into low-income communities by encouraging reinvestment of capital gains into certified Opportunity Funds. www.business.ca.gov/Programs/Opportunity-Zones
CALIFORNIA BUSINESS PORTAL
The State of California offers a variety of incentive programs to encourage business development in California. To learn more about incentive programs that your business may be eligible for, click on one of the categories below or complete the incentives section of the California Business Navigator. www.businessportal.ca.gov/Incentives