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The City of Rancho Santa Margarita does not issue business licenses, however, a Certificate of Use and Occupancy is required for any businesses located within the commercial retail centers and the Business Park. For more information, please visit the License and Certification Requirements page.
Information regarding starting a business is located on our Business Resources page.
Fictitious business name (DBA) filing is processed by the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Office. They can be reached at 714-834-2500. You can access the application for a fictitious business name on the County Clerk-Recorder’s website www.ocrecorder.com.
Resale permits are issued by the State Board of Equalization by calling 800-400-7115. Additional information is available on the BOE website at www.boe.ca.gov.
The City's Economic Development Division provides many useful resources for new, existing, and potential businesses in the City. For more information, please visit the