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.
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.