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Compliance, Registrations & Permits

How Do I Start My Business?

How Do I Start My Business? Starting a business involves making many key decisions. Take a look at our Start A Business webpage to find more information about what legal entities you can form, obtaining permit...

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Contractor Licensing

How do I apply for a contractor license? Submit the “Application for Original Contractor’s License” form and processing fee. Visit the website for more information: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/generalinformation/lib...

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How do I change the name of my business entity?

How do I change the name of my business entity? A business entity name can be changed in California by filing the applicable document or form (as described below) with the California Secretary of State. The do...

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What are the types of Alcoholic Beverage Control retail licenses?

On-Sale General-authorizes the sale of all types of alcoholic beverages: namely, beer, wine and distilled spirits, for consumption on the premises, and the sale of beer and wine for consumption off the premises...

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When is an alcoholic beverage duplicate license required?

An on-sale general licensee who maintains on his/her licensed premises more than one room in which a fixed counter or service bar is regularly maintained and at which distilled spirits are served to the public ...

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How long will medical marijuana licenses be active before they must be renewed?

Licenses will be effective for one year, at which time they must be renewed in order for the licensee to continue cultivating medical cannabis. For more information, please consult the following link: https:/...

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How do I form a business entity in California?

How do I form a business entity in California? A business entity can be formed in California by filing the applicable document or form (as described below) with the Secretary of State. The document samples and...

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Are bylaws or operating agreements filed with the Secretary of State?

Are bylaws or operating agreements filed with the Secretary of State? No, bylaws and operating agreements (and any amendments thereto) are maintained by the business entity and are not filed with the Secretary...

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Where do I obtain my corporate seal?

Where do I obtain my corporate seal? Corporate seals may be obtained directly from an office supply or stationary company. The Secretary of State does not issue corporate seals.

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The Department of Food and Agriculture is authorized to issue ten license types for medical cannabis cultivation

Type 1, or “specialty outdoor,” for outdoor cultivation using no artificial lighting of less than or equal to 5,000 square feet of total canopy size on one premises, or up to 50 mature plants on noncontiguous p...

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