All businesses are required to get a business license, regardless of size or industry.
If you will be running your business from home, the entity from whom you will obtain your business license depends on the city, town, or jurisdiction in which you reside. Access the links below to be directed to your business licensing department depending on where you live.
Home Business Agreement
Generally speaking, most businesses are not permitted in areas that are only zoned for residential use. However, certain types of businesses are allowed in residential areas if they do not threaten the residential nature of a given neighborhood. Businesses that generate noise, traffic, and regular visitors are generally not allowed.
Contact your local Planning Department to see if your business would be allowed to operate from your home. As with the business license, the government entity that would make this determination depends on the area in which you live.
Stanislaus County (unincorporated)