I used to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I registered an LLC and the business address was the actual location of my office. I hung my business license in the location as well, as required.
The business does 100% of its business in the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers are there. My contractors are there. My business is focused there.
Well, the business hasn’t changed but I’m able to work remotely from anywhere in the world.
- I no longer have an office in the Bay Area, so no where to hang my business license. In the past inspectors have come into my office to check that my business license was there.
- I don’t have any physical location that I go back to in the US.
- The only address I use is a mailing address for a mail-forwarding company that I use. I rent a locker from them and they consolidate all my mail and forward it to me where ever I may be in the world at that time. They have warehouse locations in Los Angeles, Reno, and Portland.
Considering my situation, how should I go about getting a business license in California?
- LegalZoom says: “California state law requires businesses to use a street address in California. PO Boxes are not allowed. If your business is run out of your home, you can use that address.”
- I don’t have a physical location, so there’s no where to hang my license when I apply for one from the city.
- What would my business address be?
- Should I apply for a business license in the city where the mail-forwarding company has the warehouse?
- I also don’t have a location/person to act as my process agent in case someone needs to serve me court papers.
- Ideally, I want to do EVERYTHING out of my mailing address, but all it is is a locker in a massive warehouse managed by the mail-forwarding company.