Business License

The City of Exeter issues Business Licenses to those individuals and companies that do business within the city limits of the City of Exeter.

A Business License is required for businesses that are physically located within the city limits, or that are located elsewhere but conduct business within the city, per ordinance 5.04.060

5.04.060  –  There are imposed upon the businesses, trades, professions, callings and occupations specified in this chapter license taxes in the amounts prescribed in this chapter, and it is unlawful for any person to transact and carry on any business, trade, profession, calling or occupation in the city without first having procured a license from the city so to do or without complying with any and all applicable provisions of this chapter.

To obtain a Business License, contact City Hall at 559.592.3710

The gross receipts of the business, which are annually requested by the City near the end of the calendar year, determines the amount of the business license.

Fee Schedule for 2012/2013
For Gross Annual receipts of:

$30,000 and below – submit $60.00
$30,001 and above – submit $80.00

Each year a Business License must be renewed.  The Business License is valid for the full calendar year, and should be renewed January 1 of the new year.   Every annual license which is not paid within a period of thirty days from the time it becomes due and payable is declared to be delinquent, and the city clerk shall thereupon add to the license and collect a penalty of ten percent of the license so delinquent; if such license is not paid within sixty days from the time such license becomes due and payable, an additional sum of ten percent of the license shall be added to the license and collected as a penalty per city ordinance 5.04.200

How often is a license required to be renewed?
All business licenses shall be renewed yearly. Business Licenses are good from January 1st of current year until December 31st of the same current year.

I want to open a business using my home as my business location.  What do I need to obtain permission to do so?
The City of Exeter allows many types of businesses to operate from a residence, as long as they comply with the restrictions placed on such businesses in the city ordinance for Home Occupations.  An application for a Home Occupation permit must be completed and submitted with your business license application, and there is a one-time fee of $25.00 for the permit.

What do I need to do to make changes to existing licenses?
Whenever a business changes locations, ownership, business name, or type of ownership, you must resubmit a business license application reflecting the change.  Licenses are only valid for the person(s), partnership or corporation, location, or business name for which it is applied for and issued.  A change in ownership, including dropping or adding a partner, will be treated as a new business, which will likely require the payment of fees.

When do I need a business license?
Any time you are charging fees or accepting payment for goods or services, or conducting any type of business within the city limits of Exeter, you are required to obtain a business license per city ordinance 5.04.060

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Permits

How to Apply for a Conditional Use Permit

A Conditional Use Permit (also called a C.U.P.) is a type of land use permit issued by the City of Exeter for the establishment of certain types of land uses listed in the Exeter Zoning Ordinance.  Conditional uses are certain uses which, because of their unusual characteristics, or their potential to affect the surrounding neighborhood, require special review by city staff and the Planning Commission.

A Variance is a type of permit granted by the Planning Commission which allows a person to deviate from a standard of the Exeter Zoning Ordinance.

The Zoning Ordinance is a set of laws governing land use and the development of property within Exeter.  Interested persons can obtain a copy of the ordinance, for a fee, at the Exeter City Hall.  The Zoning Ordinance was passed into law by the Exeter City Council.

Please note that not all regulations of the Zoning Ordinance are subject to a variance.  For example a person cannot request a variance to allow a use not listed as permitted in a certain zone district.

Interested persons are encouraged to meet with the City Planner prior to submitting an application.  This can be done by telephone or by visiting City Hall.  During this meeting, you can discuss the process and important development standards (setbacks, parking, landscaping, etc.) that will apply to your project.  You can also determine whether your project is subject to environmental review (see Environmental Review below).  Such a preliminary meeting will help to streamline the development process.  You can reach the City Planner at 559.592.5558 or 559.734.8737

How to Apply for a Site Plan Review

A Site Plan Review Permit is a type of land use permit issued by the City of Exeter for the establishment of certain types of land uses.  The purpose of the Site Plan Review permit is to enable the City Planner to ensure that a proposed development complies with applicable zoning standards.  More specifically, the process is intended to result in well-designed projects that will enhance the physical appearance and attractiveness of the community while protecting public safety and welfare.

Projects reviewed under the Site Plan Review process must meet all applicable standards of the Exeter Zoning Ordinance.  Interested persons can obtain a copy of the ordinance, for a fee, at the Exeter City Hall.  The Zoning Ordinance is a set of laws governing land use and the development of property within Exeter.  The Zoning Ordinance was passed into law by the Exeter City Council.

Site Plan Review permits are required for multiple family dwellings, commercial and industrial buildings, and public and quasi-public buildings.  Site Plan Review is also required when any of these types of uses are expanded by 50% or more.  Site Plan Review is not required for single family homes.

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the City Planner prior to submitting a Site Plan Review application.  This can be done by telephone or by visiting City Hall.  You can reach the City Planner at 559.592.5558 or 559.734.8737

During this meeting, you can discuss the process and important development standards (setbacks, parking, landscaping, etc.) that will apply to your project.  You can also determine whether your project is subject to environmental review (see Environmental Review below).  Such a preliminary meeting will help to streamline the development process.

Development Fees

Fees effective 09/01/09

PLANNING FEES
General Plan Amendment $ 850
Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Map 950
Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Text 1,075
General Plan Amendment/ZO Amendment 950
Zone Variance 625
Conditional Use Permit 950
Site Plan Review 825
Density Bonus 1,175
Classification of Uses 100
Granny Flat (Secondary Unit) 100
Development Agreement 1,300

 

SUBDIVISION FEES
Tentative Parcel Map (4 parcels or less) $ 675
Final Parcel Map (4 parcels or less) 1,825
Tentative Subdivision Map 1,375
Final Subdivision Map 3,775
Lot Line Adjustment 525
Certificate of Compliance 75

 

ANNEXATION APPLICATION
Annexation Application Fee to City $ 1,325
LAFCO Fee Actual Fee

 

ENVIRONMENTAL FEES
Categorical Exemption $ 25
Negative Declaration 275
Mitigated Negative Declaration 300
Fish and Game Fees Actual Fee
EIR Report Actual + 15%
Agricultural Preserve Cancellation 500

 

OTHER PERMITS
Home Occupation Permit $ 25
Hazardous Waste Site Actual + 10%
House Move In – Inside City 100