Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
As a suburban community known for its beauty and focus on clean, pleasant communities, Thousand Oaks sometimes incorporates zoning processes in its business licensing. Bars and restaurants serving alcohol, for example, need City Council approval to get their licenses. Thousand Oaks also regulates home businesses to ensure they don’t create problems for neighbors or the community in general. Certain businesses may also need licenses and permits from Ventura County as well as all applicable California licenses. Although Thousand Oaks is more famous for its clean neighborhoods and good schools than it is big business, the city has become a quiet outpost for biotech since Amgen set up shop in 1983. However, most of the business community involves retail, recreation and the arts.