City of Lakeport, California

Doing Business in the City of Lakeport

The City of Lakeport recognizes the value and importance of all business operations, large or small. Starting a new business, expanding an existing business or buying a business can involve many issues and the need for information and resources.

Having access to business resource information and knowing who to talk with or go to for help can make a big difference in getting off on the right foot.

The following guide to doing business in Lakeport can help new and seasoned business owners find the right answers.

1. Get in touch with the local business resources, support networks and organizations.

The mission of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic vitality and prosperity of the region. Chamber members and staff are excellent resources for new and expanding businesses. Lake County Chamber of Commerce 875 Lakeport Blvd. P.O. Box 295  Lakeport, CA 95453 (707) 263-5092
Toll-Free: (866) 525-3767

Contact Mt. Konocti Facilitation for help with your business operations and preparation of business plans. P.O. Box 295 Lakeport, CA 95453 (707) 995-8133

They currently offer FREE:

  • Intensive One-On-One Assistance

  • Confidential Mentoring

  • Resource Connections

The Lakeport Main Street Association promotes business activities and events in Lakeport's downtown and other commercial areas. (707) 263-8843

The Lake County Small Business Development Center located at 55 First Street in Lakeport offers free, confidential, one-on-one counseling, as well as low cost seminars and workshops and referrals to specialized business information and resources. (707) 263-0330 or (530) 822-0140

The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) can help with business advice 1-800-634-0245

Small Business Administration (SBA) 1-415-744-2118

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) has tools to help with business retention and expansion. 1-916-448-8252

The City of Lakeport is a great resource for general information about doing business in Lakeport, water and sewer utilities, development requirements, business licenses, permits, signs, refuse and recycling and much more. Call the Lakeport Community Development Department at 707-263-5613 x 20. Check out the City's on line database of vacant commercial development sites.

2. Financing for your business. Need start up or working capital for your business? Here is a listing of Lakeport banks, financial institutions and resources for business financing.

Bank of America -      500 N Main Street  707-263-6149

Chase - 555 North Main Street - 707-263-2680

Mendo Lake Credit Union - 963 Eleventh Street - 707- 262- 0492

Savings Bank of Mendocino County -   290 South Main Street - 707-263-7102

Umpqua Bank - 805 Eleventh Street - 707-263-7500

Wells Fargo Bank - Safeway Store - Eleventh Street - 800-869-3557

West America Bank - 150 South Main Street - 707-262-5714

Redwood Credit Union - 800-479-7928

Community Development Services - 707-998-9203

3. Naming your business, determining a good location, obtaining a license to operate, and getting a remodeling/renovation building permit.

Using a fictitious business name (other than your personal legal name) requires that you contact the Lake County Clerk to complete a Fictitious Business Name Statement. Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes Street. 707-263-2311

Contact the Lakeport Community Development Department (CDD) to determine if your business is allowed in the zone or area you have selected before you sign a purchase or rental agreement. CDD staff will let you know if your business is allowed at the intended location and whether you need any permits or land use approvals. CDD staff can also help you finding available land for commercial development. 707-263-5613 x 28   Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park Street.

All businesses operating in Lakeport are required to obtain a business license and pay an annual business license fee. The City of Lakeport Community Development Department handles the issuance and transfer of business licenses. Lakeport City Hall 225 Park Street or call (707) 263-5613 x 20.

Building permits are required in order to alter, modify, remove, add to or remodel your business space including improvments made to the buildings structure, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. Contact the Lakeport Community Development Department - building permits at (707) 263- 5613 x20 or visit 225 Park Street.

4. County, State and Federal permits and approvals

Every business that will conduct wholesale or retail sales operations including those that sale or lease of tangible personal property must obtain a sellers permit from the State Board of Equalization. (707) 576-2100 in Santa Rosa.

Individuals doing construction work must be licensed through the Contractors State License Board. 800-321-2752.

Professional business operators such as doctors, dentists, engineers, accountants, barbers, private security, cosmetologists, and auto repairs are required to be licensed by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs 800-344-9940.

All food preparation and food service operations must be approved and permitted by the County of Lake Environmental Health Department. 707-263-1164. 

A business with employees must register with and apply for a State Employers Identification Number at the California Employment Development Department and pay sales tax withholding. 800-300-5616.

Federal Employer Identification Numbers are required by the IRS. 800-829-1040

A commercial vehicle used for business purposes must be registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. 800-777-0133. 965 Parallel Drive, Lakeport.

The import and/or export of goods and products from other countries may require a permit from the United States Customs Service 1-415-782-9210

Workers compensation insurance is required to be obtained through your insurance agent or through the State Fund 1-877-405-4545 or 1-866-721-3498

5. Miscellaneous (but important) issues.

The Occupational Safety Health Administration mission is to prevent workplace injuries and illness. Your work site must be safe and healthy. Call OSHA for more information. 1-800-321-6742

The California Department of Industrial Relations defines minimum wages, overtime pay, hiring and firing laws, and fair employment practices. 707-576-2388. Santa Rosa