Monterey is a scenic California coastal city that rises from the pristine Monterey Bay to pine forested hillsides with sweeping bay views. The city's natural beauty and historic sites make it a quality residential community and premier tourist destination. A small, livable city that prides itself on being a clean and safe place to live, Monterey is known for its sense of community and hospitality. Monterey's residents are culturally diverse, and the City's designation as the "language capital of the world" reflects the language skills of its residents.
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City Manager's Office
580 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Welcome to Monterey, California! This page is designed to help new residents to the Monterey area.
The best place to start is at the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. You will find employment information as well as a relocation packet for the Peninsula area. You can also request a relocation packet from them online.
Council Mission "The Monterey City Council will provide visionary policy and legislative leadership that assures a safe, healthy and economically vibrant community. Anda!" The City Council is the legislative and policy-making branch of Monterey's municipal government. The Council consists of five members: the Mayor, elected to a two-year term, and four Councilmembers each elected to four-year terms.
In accordance with Government Code Section 87505 paragraphs a through c, members of the Monterey City Council are those elected officers required to file statements of economic interests (FPPC Form 700). These statements along with campaign reports are on file in the Monterey City Clerk's Office at 580 Pacific Street. Copies of statements and reports may be obtained by visiting or contacting the Monterey Clerk's Office .
Before selecting a particular location, check with the City of Monterey's Planning Division to make sure that your business meets Zoning Code requirements. Certain areas of the City are zoned for Commercial and Industrial Uses. Additional requirements for the operations of a business are also included in the Zoning Code. You need to verify that the zoning classification of your proposed location allows the kind of business you plan to operate. Contact the Planning Office, (831) 646-3885 for more information
Some commercial businesses must also obtain a Use Permit to operate in the City of Monterey. Use Permits enable the City to review and control the operations of businesses which might have a detrimental impact on other nearby businesses or residents. Such businesses include fast food restaurants, businesses providing live entertainment, and/or businesses with late hours of operation adjacent to residential areas. Contact the Planning Office, (831) 646-3885 to determine whether or not you will need to obtain a Use Permit.
Home Occupation Permits
Some businesses which have few or no impacts are allowed to be operated out of an existing residence. Such businesses must obtain a Home Occupation Permit . Additional information can be obtained from the Planning Office, (831) 646-3885
All new signs require a sign permit, and may require approval from the Architectural Review Committee. Information on signage requirements can be obtained from the Planning Office, (831) 646-3885
Construction of a new building or an addition to an existing building will require approval of the Architectural Review Committee and building permits. Planning Staff can provide you with information Regarding Planning and Building Code requirements for your proposed business. Contact the Planning Office, (831) 646-3885
Once your project has been approved, you need to contact the Building Safety Division to make sure your proposed project meets current building code and fire safety requirements. All new construction must be approved by the Permits & Inspections Office and may require review by the Fire Marshall before you can occupy your new or improved space and open your business. For more info contact the Permits & Inspection Office,
Resale Permit (Seller's Permit)
California State Board of Equalization
111 East Navajo Dr. Ste 100
Salinas, CA 93906
(Hair stylists and barbers) need to obtain a license before starting their business from the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.