On November 7, 2006 the Board of Supervisors for the County of Riverside approved Ordinance No. 857
which provides the regulatory and administrative framework to implement a Business Registration Program within the unincorporated area of Riverside County. The ordinance contains a variety of administrative procedures that are outlined including: contents of the application form, registration issuance protocol, description of registration fee, inspections and enforcement, and business registration enforcement procedures.
The business registration fees can be found Here. Exemptions are granted for various agricultural activities, certain residential businesses, places of worship, specific non-profit, and any business exempt by virtue of constitution law, however fee exempted businesses will be required to register. Business registration fees charged under the provisions of this ordinance shall be revenue-neutral in that they may not exceed the reasonable costs of providing the regulatory services included in the business registration program. No business registration fee charged under the provisions of this ordinance shall be construed as a business registration tax.
A business information questionnaire designed to ascertain pertinent information regarding the businesses are mailed to every business within the county unincorporated area. In addition, businesses have the ability to access the County of Riverside's website for an on-line registration and automated payment system option. At this time we are accepting VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards. A convenience fee of approximately 3% is added to each authorized payment. Once the information has been collected and payment received each business will receive a Business Registration Certificate.