Business Licenses

The City of Rio Dell welcomes your interest in establishing a business in our community and wishes you success in your new venture.

Chapter 5.05 of the Rio Dell Municipal Code (RDMC), establishes regulations for obtaining a Business License.  Any person who conducts business in the City or has a business based in the City must obtain a Business License on or before the date the business commences.  Every business must meet certain requirements to ensure that the business activity and site are compatible.  Before signing any lease or rental agreement, we encourage you to check with the City’s Planning Department to make sure your business activity is consistent with current zoning regulations.

Home-based businesses must also comply with the City’s zoning regulations.  Prior to starting a home-based business, owners must make sure the business qualifies as a Home Occupation and must agree to abide by the conditions set forth.  If you have questions regarding zoning please contact the Planning Department.

All businesses preparing or selling food must apply for a health permit from  Humboldt County Environmental Health in addition to securing a city Business License.

To obtain a Business License, complete the Business License Application and submit it to the City of Rio Dell with the appropriate fee.

For additional information regarding obtaining a Business License, contact the City Clerk at (707) 764-3532, email: dunhamk@cityofriodell.ca.gov,  or visit City Hall at 675 Wildwood Ave., Rio Dell.