Starting a Business in Kern County

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Starting a business in the County may require a business license, fictitious business name and/or zoning considerations. In addition, permits may be required depending on your business activity. See our Permits page for information on the County-issued permits you may need.

Most of the information below applies only to businesses located within the unincorporated areas of the County. For businesses located within an incorporated City you will need to refer to those specific ordinances. See our City Requirements page for links to the official websites of the incorporated cities in Kern County.

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