Starting a Business Check List

Whether you are a start-up or looking to relocate, Dana Point staff is ready to assist. The City of Dana Point’s Economic Development staff can guide you through the process of obtaining any needed permits or connect you with local resources that can help you start, grow or finance your enterprise.

With no business license fees, Dana Point does not impose any local taxation on the business community, making us one of the most business friendly cities in Southern California. For information on setting your business up in Dana Point, please see the step-by-step guide below and visit

Please contact the City to verify that your business use is permitted in the space you are looking at before signing a lease (949) 248-3500.

If you have questions regarding business in the City of Dana Point, please contact Jaimie To at

For information on Dana Point, download the How to Do Business in Dana Point Guide.

Become a member of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and connect with fellow business owners and professionals in Dana Point! View the member benefits or apply online here! We look forward to welcoming your business and introducing you to the community at your grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony! For more information, contact our office at (949) 496-1555.


Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business. Click on the links to learn more.

Step 1: Write a Business Plan

Use these tools and resources to create a business plan. This written guide will help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.

Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training

Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan and securing financing, to expanding or relocating a business.

Step 3: Choose a Business Location

Get advice on how to select a customer-friendly location and comply with zoning laws.

Step 4: Finance Your Business

Find government backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.

Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.

Step 6: Register a Business Name (“Doing Business As”)

Register your business name with your state government.

Step 7: Get a Tax Identification Number

Learn which tax identification number you’ll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.

Step 8: Register for State and Local Taxes

Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers’ compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.

Step 9: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.

Step 10: Understand Employer Responsibilities

Learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees.

For more information regarding Doing Business In Dana Point please contact the Chamber at 949-496-1555