Business License Zoning Clearance

What is the process?

Step 1: Verify if Proposed Business is Allowed at a Location

Examples of commercial businesses include, but are not limited to:

Homestay, Bed & Breakfast, General Retail, ​Manufacturing, Warehousing, Auto Repair, Tasting Room, Hotel, and Restaurant.

Verify the commercial business is allowed on the property:

Verify if Proposed Business is Allowed at a Given Location
(500 character limit)
Enter security code:
 Security code

Step 2: Wait for Response

Wait for Planning staff to reply to the business location verification request before continuing to Step 3.

Step 3: Initiate Application with County Tax Collector

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

Step 4: Apply for Business License Zoning Clearance Online

Then apply for a Business License Zoning Clearance online.


1. Access the Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal.  

2. Find the "Business License Zoning Clearance"

5. Select "Apply" 


Step 5: Pay Invoice

Planning staff will email the applicant an invoice, which the applicant can pay online here*.

*Make sure to add INV to the invoice number (e.g. INV2021-01234), when searching for invoice online.

Step 6: 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.

Frequently Asked Questions


Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services

Preview of Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services (CSS Portal)

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