Do I need a permit to film in the city?
A permit is required for any production activity in the City.  For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at (714) 548-3172 or  visit our website at
How do I find out about bidding for city contracts?
To be added to the Vendor's Database, mail a request to: 

The City of Westminster, Attn: Purchasing,  8200 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683.

Please include your business name, address, phone number, and the nature of the service or product you wish to provide.
How do I transfer my business to a new owner?
Business licenses are not transferable.  You would have to close your account, and the new owner would have to purchase his/her own license.  You may contact us at:  (714) 548-3469
How do I get a grocery cart picked up?
The City of Westminster contracts with Calilfornia Shopping Cart Retrieval Corporation to remove stray or abandoned shopping carts.  CSCRC can be reached at 800-252-4613.  This telephone number operates 24 hours a day.  

Code Enforcement PSA Video - Stray Shopping Carts
How do I get a newspaper rack removed?
For information, please contact Public Works - Engineering at (714) 548-3463. 

How do I obtain signage for my business?
To obtain signage, you will need to submit plans for your proposed sign to the Planning Division and Building Division.  Once plans are approved building permits will be issued and you may install your sign.   For more information, contact the Planning Division at 714-548-3247 and the Building Division at 714-548-3254.

How much does a business license or permit cost?
A new business license fee is approximately $237.00 with an annual renewal fee based on the business sales gross receipt.  A new police permit fee is $80 with an annual renewal fee of $15. 

How do I get or renew my taxi license?
Please contact the Orange County Taxi Administratiion Program. They should be able to answer all of your questions.

Phone:(714) 857-7202
I want to hold an outdoor / open-air event; do I need a permit?
Yes. You would need a one-day special event permit, if you plan to have amplified sounds such as music, speaker sound, megaphones, etc.
I would like to buy city surplus goods.
Surplus items are disposed of through private auction companies throughout California.
May I put up a sign for a yard/garage sale?
Yes, signs are permitted subject to the following restrictions:

  • No signs advertising a yard/garage sale shall be placed on any public property, including but not limited to, utility poles, street name signs, traffic signs, trees or walls.
  • Only one sign is allowed per each property.
  • The total sign area shall not exceed 4 square feet.
  • You must get the property owner's permission, if you place a sign on other people's property in your neighborhood.
  • You are responsible for removing all signs at the end of the approved period for each garage sale.
What is a conditional use permit (CUP)?
A CUP allows a city to consider special uses which may be essential or desirable to a particular community, but which are not allowed as a matter of right within a zoning district, through a public hearing process. A conditional use permit can provide flexibility within a zoning ordinance or enable a municipality to control certain uses which could have detrimental effects on the community.

In reviewing a CUP application, City staff and the Planning Commission will evaluate such issues as building placement, building size, traffic generation, noise, hours of operation, parking, circulation, landscaping, overall compatibility of uses with adjoining properties and other related development impacts.  Conditions may be imposed as necessary to insure that the proposed use will be compatible with the environment.

What is a "Certificate of Occupancy" permit?
A "Certificate of Occupancy" permit is a document that is produced by the Building Official after completion of most new construction, or if there is a change in occupancy type (as defined in the Building Code) within an existing structure.  Exempt from this permit are new single family homes, residential garages, and storage buildings.
Where can I get a business license?
An application for a  business license can be obtained from the customer service counter of  City Hall, Building Division.  Applications are also available online under "forms."
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