Business Tools City staff can assist you with possible business locations and connect you to business resources. If your business needs zoning approval or a building permit staff can help guide you through a smooth project review process. For smaller projects these services are free of charge and will help staff flag any issues early on. You can also request a fee estimate for larger projects. For larger projects there is a fee based pre- application process where you can get feedback from all City Departments, the Planning Commission or the City Council if necessary.
Home Occupation Many consulting and internet based businesses can be operated out of the home with a Home Occupation Permit. To review the list of permitted home occupations or to apply for a permit, call (530) 757-5651 or visit our website here.
Building Permit/ Business License A building permit is required for activities like moving electrical outlets or changing wall and window locations. The building permit process can be fairly quick if you submit a complete set of plans that complies with all applicable development standards, prdinances, and the current building code. For more information about building permits or to download forms visit the city website here or call (530) 757-5610.
Every person or organization conducting a business in Davis needs a Business License, including contractors with no fixed location in Davis. To download the Business License Application or to review the FAQ's click here. For additional information call (530) 757-5651
Signage All signs for Commercial businesses need to meet City Sign Design Guidelines. To get sign approval you need to complete a Minor Improvement application, and pay a fee. Most applications are reviewed and approved at the Planning Division counter while you wait. Once your sign has been approved, the Building Division will let you know if you need a building permit to install it. For more information calll (530) 757-5610 or visit the website here.