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A business license is an annual tax for doing business within the City of La Verne. La Verne Municipal Code requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the City limits, even if your business is located outside the city limits or you have a business license from another city. The business license certificate is evidence only that your tax has been paid. Other permits may be required to open your business.
Any person who conducts business in the City or is based in the City must obtain a business license on or before the date the business commences. Conducting business in the City without a license can result in penalties, violation notices, citations, and finally, court action.
By City Ordinance, the tax imposed through the taxing power of the City is solely for the purpose of obtaining general revenue. Business taxes help pay for City services like roads, fire, police, and other community services. These services benefit businesses, business owners, and the general public.
The business license is valid for the calendar year, January through December. It must be renewed every year in January.
Business licenses are NOT automatically canceled. We need to hear from you. You may send a written notification, call or come in. Please be prepared to provide the date the business closed or sold and the name of the new owner, if applicable.
Unfortunately, no. Each city has its own business license requirements. It is important to know that most California cities have a business license tax ordinance. However, each city has its own tax rate, structure, and requirements. Check with the appropriate City or County for their rules and regulations.
Yes, a renewal notice will be mailed each December. However, it is your responsibility to renew the business license on time even if the renewal notice is not received. Penalties are assessed for delinquent accounts, regardless of whether you receive a renewal notice or not. If you do NOT receive a notice two weeks prior to the expiration date, contact the Business License Department immediately.
For failure to pay a license tax when due the license collector shall add a penalty of ten percent of the license tax and on the last day of each month thereafter shall add an additional five percent to a maximum of fifty percent of the license tax due.
Always check with the City’s Planning Department to verify that the new location is zoned properly for the intended use and whether a use permit or other type of approval is required.
Notify our office whenever you change your business name, address, phone number, business activity, or ownership information. We will be happy to update the information on your account and issue a printed copy of the business license with the new information for a $10 fee.
If your business name is anything other than your surname or has more than one owner – a partnership, association, or company – you may need to file a fictitious business name statement with the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office. Should you accidentally “infringe” upon another business name you may face legal action from that business. You must attach a copy of your approved Fictitious Name Statement to your business license application.
You may apply in person or by mail. However, if you use the mail, take care in determining your business category and calculating your tax. Calculation errors delay the process. Be sure to include any required documents when applying by mail. Missing documentation will also delay the process. Please call if you need help with either process.
Every business must meet zoning requirements to ensure that the business activity and site are compatible. BEFORE SIGNING any lease or rental agreement, check with the City’s Planning Department to make sure your business activity is appropriate for the zoning and that it will not heavily impact the neighborhood or require special parking considerations.
Check with the City’s Building Department to determine what building modifications, if any, may be necessary for your business type.
A fire inspector or building inspector may visit your business in order to verify that your building or tenant area meets Fire and Building Code requirements. A Certificate of Occupancy will be issued if necessary.
Yes. Businesses operated from the home require a business license and must comply with the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance regulates the methods in which a home-based business operates and the approved business types. Prior to starting a home-based business, owners must submit a Home Occupation Permit Application to the Planning Department for approval. This serves as an agreement to abide by the conditions to operate a business from your home in La Verne. Home Occupation applications are available from the Business License Department. If you have questions regarding zoning, please contact the Planning Department at 909-596-8706.
Any person licensed as a contractor by the State Contractor’s Board must obtain a business license if:
Every business intending to sell tangible goods – wholesale or retail, commercial or home based, sales or repair oriented – requires a California Seller’s Permit. To apply, contact the State Board of Equalization. You are required to provide your seller’s permit number on your business license application.
Yes. Non-Profit organizations located within the City limits are required to obtain a business license. However, upon presentation of 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) documents, the business license fee is waived.
Yes. If you are not an employee, you are considered an independent contractor. Determining the relationship between you and your employer (or employee) can sometimes be confusing. However, put simply, if you are not paid as a W-2 employee, you are considered an independent contractor and are required to have a business license.
Fortunately, the State Department of Employment Development (EDD) has a very helpful booklet highlighting specific guidelines to follow in determining the correct relationship between you and your employer/employee. Contact EDD if you are unsure of the relationship. Once a determination has been made that your relationship is not that of an employee/employer, by default then, it is that of an independent contractor subject to a business license.
Before applying for a Business License, apply for a health permit from the Los Angeles County Environmental Management Health Services if you are selling or preparing food.
Check with the Planning Department before using or installing ANY type of sign, flag, or banner, even balloons. Permanent and temporary signs require review and approval prior to issuance of permits and installation. Posting signs, handbills, or flyers on any utility pole, traffic pole, fence, tree, bridge, mailbox, or other public structure is prohibited.
Yes. The business license certificate must be displayed in a conspicuous location on the premises of any business open to the public. Businesses without a fixed place of business must carry a copy of the business license at all times while carrying on business activities within the City.
Handbill permits may be obtained through the Finance Department. Permits are valid for the calendar year. Distribution is allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. through 6p.m. The City maintains a list of addresses which have requested to be placed on the “do not distribute” list. This list is given to every distributor upon approval. Handbills need to be placed in a manner that will not create litter and there is no placement allowed on vehicles. The information is an excerpt from the La Verne Municipal Code. Complete information may be obtained by calling the Finance Department at 909-596-8716 or by looking at the La Verne Municipal Code Chapter 5.36.
Yes, a business license is required to solicit. Registration with and a permit from the Police Department are also required.
No. The issuance of a business license does not entitle the licensee to engage in any business that for any reason is in violation of any federal, state or local law, the La Verne Municipal Code or other ordinance. Issuance of a business license does not constitute zoning approval. Prior to opening any business, it is the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that the business is in compliance with the City’s Zoning Ordinance and applicable building code requirements. A visit to the City’s Community Development Department is strongly recommended.
You may also need the approval of other City departments, and County, State and Federal government agencies.
Because of the vast variety of business types, we cannot cover every possibility. However, any other question may be directed to the Business License Department at 909-596-8722.
There are twenty-one categories of businesses. The amount you pay is based on the type of business. Your business license tax is determined by the ONE category that best describes your business type. Please do not hesitate to call if you need assistance determining the correct fee category for your business.
You can use the training for your own personal preparedness, or choose to join the team. Team members can be activated for a response after a disaster or other emergency situations, or called upon to support community events. All graduates may attend refresher exercises.
Upon successful completion, all graduates receive a certificate of Basic CERT Training and a CERT response bag containing essential gear. Team members also receive a photo identification card.
Sign up for training by visiting the La Verne CERT website.
Email La Verne CERT.
As of April 2017, the State is no longer mandating La Verne to reduce water consumption by an amount, but to make long-term improvements to water supply management that support water conservation. La Verne City Council is requesting a voluntary 10% reduction from 2013 usage, as found in Phase I Water Use Restrictions of the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance. The City Council has also asked residents and businesses to abide by all applicable municipal codes, State laws, and executive orders regarding wasteful practices.
Please contact the City of La Verne Water Waster Hotline at 909-596-8787 and leave a detailed message regarding the date, time, location, and wasteful activity.
Residents may also submit online service requests related to water wasting or violations to the City of La Verne through the 24 Hour City Hall. 24 Hour City Hall is accessible through the City's website. Please leave a detailed message regarding the date, time, location, and wasteful activity.
Yes, the City and Metropolitan Water District currently offer several rebates for water-saving practices and devices such as turf removal, low flush toilets, low flow showerheads and faucets, high water efficiency clothes washers, smart controllers, sprinkler nozzles, and rain barrels.
For more information on City of La Verne water efficiency rebates currently available please see the Rebates page.
For information on Metropolitan Water District water efficiency rebates currently available please visit the following sites:
Watering of grass/landscaping is not currently limited by time, but 20 minutes per station, per week, is typically enough for most landscapes. Because people have different types of soil and plants in their yard, we recommend seeing Be Water Wise's water calculator.
Runoff is water that flows off of the landscape, often due to overwatering. Runoff is prohibited because water is being wasted running down the sidewalks, driveways, streets, and into the gutter. In addition to wasting water, this practice is prohibited because of trip hazards and the runoff picks up additional materials that pollute the storm drain system.
The City does not have any funds available for the repair of deteriorating pipes, toilets, or sprinklers at this time.
An entertainment permit allows a business within the City of La Verne to provide or permit live entertainment in addition to the primary business, whether or not for compensation.
Any business in the City of La Verne which provides entertainment to its patrons on a regular basis is required to obtain an entertainment permit.
Entertainment includes, but is not limited to, any single event, series of events or ongoing activity to which persons are invited to watch, listen or participate (e.g. trivia, karaoke, games, live music, DJ, dance.).
Yes. Exclusions for needing an entertainment permit include the following:
To find out if your entertainment or business qualifies for any of the exclusions listed above, contact the Community Development Department at 909-596-8706.
The entertainment permit applies to commercial and industrial properties and is not permitted on properties zoned for residential. Entertainment in the Foothill Boulevard Specific Plan is regulated by an alternative process and does not require an entertainment permit.
For more information regarding zoning, contact the Community Development Department at 909-596-8706.
The Entertainment Permit expires on January 31st of every year and can be renewed annually. First-time applicants are not required to renew if approval is granted on or after July 1st, so long as the applicant is in good standing. Application for renewal is due to a minimum of 30 calendar days prior to the expiration date.
First-time applications require a $500 initial deposit. Annual renewal requires a $120 fee. The City accepts cash or check payments (checks made payable to the City of La Verne).
Sheltering-in-place simply refers to taking refuge in a building in the event there is an airborne hazard, rather than evacuating from an area. Depending on the situation, it may be safer to quickly shelter-in-place rather than try to drive to a safe area. It might be sheltering at home, at work, or in some other building and if you understand a few principles, it should be easy.
The purpose is to get out of the outside air and inside a building that is not contaminated. You want to keep the inside air in, and the outside air out, until the bad outside air blows away.
For further information read the How To Prepare For Emergencies page provided by the Red Cross.
Only certain hospitals in the Los Angeles County area are equipped and staffed to treat people who have suffered life-threatening traumatic injuries. Our closest hospital is not a designated trauma center and in most cases, it takes less time to have a helicopter transport a victim to a trauma center than it does to drive them in an ambulance.
We also send the fire engine because the two paramedics often need help at the scene to do CPR, collect important information about the patient, and then load the patient for transport to the hospital. These additional firefighters have to take the fire engine in the event they have an additional alarm.
Everything that we do requires us to work as a team, whatever the emergency. To arrive very quickly, we must stay together and close to our fire apparatus (vehicles). Your safety and ours depend on the team being together and ready to respond immediately at all times.
Residential smoke detectors are early warning devices to wake a sleeping person or persons. Smoke detectors should be placed in each bedroom (sleeping area) and in the hallway leading to the bedrooms.
Having a fire extinguisher in the home is a good idea, but not required by law. If you have an extinguisher, it should be placed where it is easily accessible. The kitchen and garage are good sites for an extinguisher. However, do not place an extinguisher over the stove or buried in storage in the garage, but rather hang it on the wall between three and five feet from the ground.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) classes are offered at local community colleges.
You can get it checked at any station by on-duty personnel between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.
The California Fire Code, regulating fire extinguisher requirements varies with the different types of hazard classification of the building. A general rule for a commercial building, with no special hazard classification, is that an extinguisher with a 2A:10BC rating is placed within a 75-feet travel distance to all areas.
We hire firefighters periodically. You must have your paramedic certification. Check our Government Jobs website to see if there are currently any openings.
Yes, state vehicle code mandates that while responding to a Code 3 emergency, an emergency response vehicle must have all emergency lights on and the siren sounding.
A Code 3 response is initiated when life, property, or the environment is in immediate jeopardy (i.e. life-threatening emergencies, fire, or the release of hazardous materials).
The firefighters are the first responders for all medical emergencies. Three fire stations are strategically located throughout La Verne, so our response times can have a positive effect on medical emergencies.
Firefighters are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. La Verne firefighters work 48-hour shifts beginning at 8 am. To ensure 24/7 coverage, there are three separate shifts each working an average of 56 hours a week.
Fires are categorized into 4 groups:
An “ABC” fire extinguisher would be effective on those three types of fires. However, a “BC” fire extinguisher would not be very effective on A-type fires such as burning paper. “D” fires are not very common and “D” extinguishers are not usually sold for home use.
The numbers in front of the letters represent the relative amount of that type of fire that the extinguisher will put out. So a 2A 40BC fire extinguisher will put out 4 times more of a “B” fire (flammable liquid) than a 2A 10BC fire extinguisher.
We can usually have weeds removed prior to fire season if they are taller than 3 inches, and create a fire hazard within 100 feet from a structure (more than 100 feet if in a required fuel modification zone).
Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture takes care of weed abatement on unimproved land (vacant lots) and we take care of other property. You may call Fire Prevention at 909-596-5991 (Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4 pm) for more information.
Some things people who don't evacuate might not realize are:
There are no regulations mandating the servicing of fire extinguishers placed in single-family residences. In apartments and all commercial buildings, fire extinguishers are required to be serviced once a year.
For department call volume and other annual statistics, please refer to our “Statistics” page under the “About LVFD” tab.
Call the Fire Department at 909-596-5991 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. Reports can usually be picked up or mailed. Medical reports are confidential and can only be provided to the patient with proper ID or to a representative of the patient with a signed release. There is a $5 fee.
Businesses should contact a fire extinguisher maintenance company to make arrangements for servicing needs. Look in the Yellow Pages under “Fire Extinguishers”.
Local firefighter academies are located at:
The La Verne Fire Department has both Apprentice Firefighter and Explorer programs.
The gear we wear weighs about 50 pounds. The clothes are called “turn-outs” or “bunker” gear as they originally were turned inside out and kept next to bunks to facilitate a quick change at night. The turnouts are made of a material called Nomex which is fire retardant but not fireproof, so it will burn. We must be able to put our turnouts on in less than a minute. And yes, it does get rather warm in the summer as we must wear this gear when responding to structure fires, hazardous materials incidents, and traffic accidents.
The department’s Ride-Along Program allows Fire and EMS students to observe the day-to-day operations of the department and accompany firefighters on calls. The ride-along averages about four hours. If the student is under 18 years of age, a release form signed by a parent or guardian is required. Phone the business office at 909-596-5991 for more information.
View the Ride-Along Application (PDF).
The La Verne Fire Department is an American Heart Association, Community Training Center. We offer the following basic life support CPR classes:
La Verne Fire Department does not service fire extinguishers. We advise you to look in the Yellow Pages for fire extinguisher companies to help you. If your fire extinguisher has a plastic handle and valve, it may be less expensive to buy a new extinguisher than to have the old one serviced. For home use, get one with a minimum 2A 10BC rating.
We are called to assist the public with many different situations. These include but are not restricted to assisting with flooding, helping the elderly or infirm back into bed, and investigating unusual situations (electrical/smoke/possible hazardous conditions). We typically do not rescue cats from trees.
The Department does not accept interest cards. The City’s Government Jobs website posts employment listings when available.
Each firefighter pays for his or her own food, whether they eat out or cook at the fire station.
Yes. One type that firefighters particularly dislike is junipers. Often planted next to houses, the plant doesn’t drop its dead growth to the ground and it has many of the same volatile oils found in pine trees. They ignite as easily as dead weeds and burn hot, like pine trees. They are one of the most hazardous plants you could put around your home.
No, the use of any fireworks within the City of La Verne is prohibited.
No! All firefighters are not good cooks; we just let the talented ones in the kitchen. Some firefighters just have a few specialties, but others could, or have been, professional chefs. Each engine company in La Verne Fire Department sets up their meals differently.
The Review evaluates La Verne Fire Department (LVFD) services and provides a high-level overview of potential service options with either LA County Fire or remaining a stand-alone department as LVFD. The analysis was conducted by a third-party consultant under an agreement with the City, and the choice of Messina and Associates was mutually identified by both the City and the La Verne Firefighters’ Association as a qualified reviewer.
In June 2019 the City requested an initial evaluation from the Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County (aka LA County Fire) to gain a better understanding of the services they could provide to La Verne and the associated costs. After LA County Fire’s report was received in April 2020, Messina and Associates was hired to evaluate LA County Fire's report and conduct an analysis of the City’s current fire operations.
The LA County Fire service delivery model would provide a highly functional All-Risk fire department immediately upon the transition of services from LVFD. Deploying this model would resolve ongoing issues currently facing LVFD with minimal intervention on the part of the City. However, when all fiscal impacts are considered, the annual cost of service provided by LA County Fire is greater than that of the LVFD under its current deployment model.
All Risk refers to the fact that firefighters are now tasked with fire prevention and suppression, as well as providing emergency and medical services to residents.
The LVFD service delivery model allows for local control to be maintained over the City’s fire services. This local control of fire services, in turn, directly impacts the scalability of resources and services, as well as the budget. In order for this service model to have the best chance of success, however, key stakeholders would need to commit to implementing a number of reforms.
Key stakeholders would need to commit to addressing the following areas for the best chance of success in providing fire and emergency medical services through LVFD:
Since 2017, LVFD started experiencing employee retention and recruitment issues which have had a significant impact on its ability to maintain the constant staffing levels required by its current service delivery model. Due to the difficulties surrounding the recruitment of new employees along with the retention of current employees, LVFD has had to implement temporary adjustments to its service delivery model.
While additional analysis would need to be conducted to determine exact numbers, the goal would be to have both LA County Fire and LVFD fire and emergency service deployment options meet minimum guidelines for staffing levels and response times.
The cost to the City’s General Fund would be greater with the LA County Fire service delivery model than with the LVFD model. As an example of this cost difference, for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 LVFD would cost about $7.7 million and LA County Fire would cost $7.9 million, while in the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 the cost is projected to be about $8.2 million for LVFD and $8.8 million for LA County Fire. While the projected comparative cost difference changes year to year, a portion of this increased cost stems from the 5.5% annual cost increase outlined in the feasibility study submitted by LA County Fire.
The La Verne City Council and Staff are committed to engaging with the La Verne Fire Department firefighters and the La Verne Firefighters’ Association to gain an understanding of their position on the issue and establish a collaborative path forward. To help accomplish this, Councilmember Davis and Councilmember Crosby have been designated as representatives to meet and work with these stakeholders.
The La Verne Fire Department (LVFD) is the branch of the City of La Verne that provides the community with local fire protection and emergency services. The La Verne Firefighters’ Association is the labor association or union that represents the firefighters of the LVFD.
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency call 909-596-1913.
No, If a crime took place outside of the City of La Verne Police Department please call the police department for that city.
If this took place on a state Freeway please call the Highway Patrol Office nearest you.
A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person or where to find the person who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in.
The "Pay-to-Stay Inmate Worker" program offers an alternative to serving time in the county jail. Men can serve time when sentenced to jail due to a criminal conviction.
You will be accepted into the program based on an assessment of the offense committed, prior criminal history, and the needs of the program at the time. Subjects with a history of violent behavior will not be admitted to this program.
With the approval of the sentencing court, your time can be served in the modern, safe, clean, and secure environment of the La Verne Police Department.
The La Verne Jail computes sentences on a 24-hour basis (e.g., If you have 3 days to serve, check-in would be at 8 pm on Monday and check out would be at 8 pm. Thursday).
There are two ways to serve the sentenced time:
Costs vary depending on how you serve:
"Fee Paying-Inmate Workers" are housed separate from all other inmates and will have minimal contact with the regular inmate population, during meal service. Inmate Workers are required by law to work outside of their cells for a minimum of 4 hours each day. As a result, you will assist with minor chores such as food preparation, light cleaning, laundry, trash removal, etc. Subjects who are unwilling or unable to follow directions will be dismissed from the program.
The La Verne Police Department Jail cannot accommodate persons with medical problems, requiring the administration of medications.
Payment in the form of a cashier's check or money order, photo identification, a change of undergarments (e.g., a T-shirt, one pair of underwear, one pair of socks). You may bring your prescription glasses or contact lenses and solution. Permitted toiletries include a travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant. A pair of shower shoes, which can only be worn inside the trustee housing unit, one Bible or book. The only permitted jewelry is a watch.
Snack foods are available for purchase in the kitchen; therefore you may possess up to $20 in cash during your stay. Calling cards are available for advance purchase or you can make collect calls.
Smoking is not permitted.
Please arrive with all your permitted items in a plastic or paper bag. View the list of permitted items (PDF).
You need to bring:
Visiting Hours for Fee Paying Inmate Workers are usually on Sunday. Due to limited space, two visitors will only be allowed.
The La Verne Police Department Jail is located at:2061 3rd StreetLa Verne, CA 91750
We encourage Straight Time Inmate Workers to have someone drop you off to complete your stay, due to limited parking space. Work Furlough Inmate Workers can park after 6 pm and on weekends.
Judges may award sentenced subjects, "Good Time/ Work Time" (GTWT) credits. These credits are earned during your stay if, you serve your time in an acceptable manner, without violating jail rules or committing another crime while in custody. You must have been sentenced to 11 or more days to begin receiving GTWT credits.
During your sentencing proceedings ask the court to allow you to serve your sentence in the La Verne Jail. You will also need to ask for a Court Commitment Order, which states your name, the charge and the sentence (time) to be served. Make sure the court indicates on the Commitment Order, that your time may be served at the La Verne City Jail.
Fill out the Inmate Worker Application (PDF) online then, email or print it out and mail it to:La Verne Police DepartmentAttention: Jail Manager2061 3rd StreetLa Verne, CA 91750
If your application meets our qualifying criteria, you will be contacted and we'll schedule a start date to serve your sentence.
If you have any questions, contact the Jail Manager by phone at 909-596-1913 or email.