County Business Registration Program—A Hard Sell in Topanga

Tuesday morning, the day after the Labor Day weekend, may not have been the best timing for county representatives to hold a “roundtable discussion” explaining the benefits and requirements of a proposed Business Registration Program. No one showed up.

The program, jointly prepared by the Departments of Treasurer-Tax Collector (TTC) and the Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) Office of Small Business, would require unlicensed businesses located in unincorporated areas of the county to register.

The purpose of the program is to build a single, comprehensive source of data on the number and characteristics of businesses in unincorporated areas. The County will use this data to improve upon its service delivery to business communities and “codify the recommended program into a county ordinance.” There is a proposed annual, flat registration fee of $185.

The TTC and DCBA will provide its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in October, anticipating a proposed launch of the program in 2019, and implementation in Spring 2019, with a phased approach of large, then small businesses.

Businesses certified in the BRP would benefit from a number of county services and resources that are listed in a survey that also invites comments and concerns:

Your opinion will be used to help the Treasurer and Tax Collector prepare recommendations for the program in their report back to the Board of Supervisors.


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