Commercial Business Clearance

What is the process?

Step 1: Important

Please read through the entire application process below before apply for a commercial bussines zoning clearance. There are multiple steps that must be completed with the Planning & Building Department as well as with the Tax Collector. 

FAQs can also be found at the end of this page.

Step 2: Verify if Proposed Business is Allowed

Complete the form below to verify if a commercial business can be applied for at a specific address:

Step 3: Wait for Response

Wait for Planning staff to reply to the business location verification request before continuing to the next step.

Step 4: Initiate Application with County Tax Collector

Then initiate a business license application with the County Tax Collector.

Please remember to continue to the next step with the Planning Department after this step is complete.

Step 5: Apply on PermitSLO

Then apply for a Business License Zoning Clearance online.

  1. Access PermitSLO
  2. Find the "Business License Zoning Clearance"
  3. Click, "Apply"


Step 6: Pay Invoice

Planning staff will email the billing contact an invoice. Pay invoice here*.

Once the invoice is paid, the project review timeline will begin.

Please note for all Planning and Building applications, after 15 days of non-payment of invoice, the application will be voided and resubmittal will be required.

Step 7: Tax Collector will Continue Processing

Once Planning staff approves the Zoning Clearance, Planning will notify the Tax Collector, and the Tax Collector will mail the business license to the applicant.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to anyone applying for a County business license that:

  • Proposes a new commercial business;
  • Involves a change of use in an existing structure;
  • Name change of an existing commercial business; or
  • Renews an existing commercial business that utilizes leased off-site parking.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

Click on location name to show hours of operation, directions and phone information

Frequently Asked Questions

PermitSLO Portal


Follow Us on Social Media

Let's Get Connected for Our Latest News & Updates