Starting your Business
Welcome to Sunland-Tujunga (ST). Doing business here makes community life vibrant. To have a thriving business in Sunland-Tujunga means becoming involved in our community. Foothill Blvd. is our main business corridor as well as Historic Olde Towne Commerce Avenue between Foothill and Valmont connecting us to Historic site #2 in the City of Los Angeles: Bolton Hall Museum. We have over 300 home-based businesses, Sunland-Tujunga merchants are active and chamber members are decision-makers at the forefront of issues affecting community life.
The L.A. City permitting process can sometimes be complex. Your Chamber of Commerce is here to assist you if you request it. We have a limited area where industrial uses or heavy manufacturing is allowed, a variety of small retail shops and stores are growing all the time in our commercial areas.
The Sunland-Tujunga Chamber is the voice of business and works closely with the United Chambers of Commerce. The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council’s Land Use Committee is the committee to review all applications submitted for approval by the City of Los Angeles. Their meetings are held on the first and third Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council’s Beautification Committee is also active in improving our commercial corridor with the utility box art project, trees and local clean up efforts as well as working with community groups on specific projects that benefit the community such as the medians, monument signs and others. The Chamber serves as a liaison with dozens of action groups, committees, and ad hoc groups to monitor local, state, and federal events and legislation that affects business here. And of course, we are constantly working with our local government leaders to enhance and improve our business environment.
Business Tax, Registration and License – lacity.org/For-businesses/business-tax-registration-and-license
Permits, Licenses & Inspections – lacity.org/for-businesses/permits-licenses-and-inspections
Alarm Permits – If you have an alarm and monitoring system an L.A. City permit will be necessary if you expect LAPD to respond to a call. You can apply for a permit here.
Building Permits are required for any construction, remodel, electric circuits or panel upgrades, plumbing including hot water heaters and signage. Apply for a building permit at the public counter in Van Nuys at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Also check the City of Los Angeles, Department of Building & Safety website for more information regarding applying for permits. http://ladbs.org/
The Department of Building & Safety also has a new app for your smartphone and you can get it here
90% of the Building Permits applied for are by-right. Meaning that you can go to the Dept. of Building and Safety and apply for a permit, have it issued, complete your improvement and finalize the permit. Go to the above website for more information.
Most permit requests require clearance from the Department of City Planning. The staff at the public counter will tell you if this step is required. Typically it will be required for facade improvements, additions or remodels, zoning variances, change of use, ADA / handi-cap access and others.
The community of Sunland-Tujunga is located within the Foothill Blvd. Corridor Specific Plan which has Major Activity and Target Areas that may limit uses in certain areas. The community also has Design Guidelines to encourage improvement and landscaping of the community over time. Check the links below for these ordinances.