Engineering consultants give expert advice on a variety of design and construction issues. Even a consulting firm of one is a business. Many consultants operate out of their homes and make the mistake of assuming they can run their businesses license-free. However, most cities and states require business tax registration and licensing for all businesses, of all sizes – and some require Home Occupation Permits for home-based businesses.
Businesses in Silicon Valley face a fair amount of regulation and licensing. San Jose’s police department licenses a fair number of businesses seen to have the potential to foster vice crimes. Additionally, in combination with Santa Clara County, San Jose keeps a firm hand on public health and businesses that can impact it. City and county websites make locating forms and fees somewhat difficult despite San Jose being known as the seat of the technology industry.