Important Contacts for Business Licenses

Welcome to the city of Temecula!  The following information has been compiled and provided to all new Business License Applicants.  Any errors or omissions in this list will not excuse business owners of their responsibility or liability in establishing a business in the City of Temecula.

You can use the City’s web site to download the Business License Application form.  The web site offers information on how to obtain a business license and includes a helpful section for frequently asked questions and answers.

These steps must be completed BEFORE the actual business license application:

If you use any name other than your legal given name, you must file for a fictitious name:


  • Riverside County Clerk's office
    41002 County Center Drive
    Temecula CA 92591
    951 600-6200
    www.asrclkrec.com
  • The Press Enterprise
    27740 Jefferson Ave #380
    Temecula, CA 92590
    951 676-6188
  • The Californian
    28765 Single Oak Drive #100
    Temecula, CA 92590
    951 676-4315


To acquire a Sellers Permit (Retail Sales Tax Number):

  • State Board of Equalization
    3737 Main St. 10th Floor #1000
    Riverside, CA 92506
    951 680-6400

    or

  • State Board of Equalization
    35900 Bob Hope Drive #280
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-1768
    (760) 770-4828


If you plan to have one or more employees, you must obtain an Employee Identification Number:


  • Internal Revenue Service
    303 North D Street
    San Bernardino, CA 92418
    (800) 829-1040
  • Franchise Tax Board
    (800) 852-5711


If your establishment intends to prepare and/or sell food of any type, contact:


  • County Health Department
    38740 Sky Canyon Drive
    Murrieta, CA
    951 461-0284


If your establishment intends to serve alcohol beverages, contact:


  • Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)
    3737 Main Street #900
    Riverside, CA 92506
    951 782-4400


If your establishment intends to sell produce, contact:


  • The Agricultural Commission Office
    (909) 654-3266

If you intend to engage in the sale of firearms or ammunition, a copy of all necessary and appropriate permits, certificate and license MUST be attached to your application.  For more information, please contact:


  • Temecula Police Department
    Southwest Station
    30755 Auld Road Murrieta, CA 92563
    951 696-3000
  • Old Town Storefront
    28690 Mercedes Street
    (Just North of the parking structure 3rd Street entrance)
    951-506-5130 phone
    951-676-8638 fax
    Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Some businesses may need more than a License to comply with all applicable City, County, State, and Federal Regulations, for more information, please contact:


  • Bureau of Consumer Affairs
    Office of Small Business
    1121 L Street  #600
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (800) 952-5210


If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud or would like to make a consumer complaint please contact:


  • Riverside County District Attorney
    Economic Crime Division
    4075 Main Street
    Riverside, CA 92501
    951-955-5491
  • Small Claims Court
    41002 County Center Drive
    Temecula, CA 92591
    951 600-6400


Other phone numbers you may need:


  • Temecula Chamber of Commerce (951) 676-5090 7450 Ynez Rd. #104, Temecula, CA

  • Economic Development Corp (EDC) (951) 695-5130

  • Inland Empire Small Business Development (800) 750-2353

  • Small Business Administration (714) 836-2494

  • State Contractor’s Board (800) 321-2752

  • State of California Child Care Licensing (951) 782-4200

  • Child Care Recorded Orientation Info (951) 782-6635

  • Better Business Bureau (909) 825-7280

  • Consumer Protection (818) 620-4360

  • Automotive Repair Bureau (800) 952-5210

  • Riverside County Information Line (951) 955-1000

  • City of Murrieta (951) 698-1040

  • Data Ticket (parking citations) (800) 989-2058

  • Police Department (moving violations) (951) 696-3000          

  • Animal Friends (animal control) (951) 674-0618

  • SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) (951) 652-4390