How do I start a business in Millbrae?

Call or visit the Planning Division of the City's Community Development Department for basic zoning information and requirements. If your business will be located in a non-residential location, you will need to verify that your proposed business is of the type allowed in that specific location. If you propose a business which is considered a more intense land use than the previous business at that location, you may need to provide additional parking. If you want to alter either the interior or the exterior of the building, you will need to submit construction plans for all such changes in order to obtain a Building Permit. Extensive exterior modifications require Planning Commission approval before applying for a Building Permit. You will also need to consider exterior signage for your business as part of the building and/or site modifications you propose. For some types of businesses, you may also need to contact San Mateo County or the State of California for additional permits/licenses. Your last step will be to apply for a City Business License. Ideally, you would obtain all governmental approvals before signing a lease. If your business will be located at your place of residence in Millbrae, you will need to apply for a Home Occupation Permit as well as a City Business License.

Show All Answers

1. How do I start a business in Millbrae?
2. What is a Conditional Use Permit and why might I need one?
3. How many signs can I have for my business and how large can they be?
4. What is "lot coverage"?
5. What is a building setback?
6. How do I determine where my property lines are?
7. How long does it take to get a permit to alter my building or my tenant space?
8. What is the process for Planning Commission review of my project?
9. When will the Planning Commission meet on my project?
10. What are the chances that the Planning Commission will approve my project?
11. What happens after the Planning Commission approves my project?
12. What happens if the Planning Commission denies my project?
13. How do I appeal a decision I don’t agree with?
14. Can the City recommend a good architect for my project?
15. What is the size of the parcel at _____?
16. What is the parcel number for the property at _____?
17. What is the zoning for the property at _____?
18. What are the development regulations for the _____ Zone?
19. How many parking spaces are required for a _____?
20. Where can I have a _____ business?
21. Does the City allow adult businesses?