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Mandatory Business Recycling

Did you know that California State Law AB 341 (2011) requires commercial entities that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week and all multi-family complexes of five or more units to implement recycling programs?  For more information, please visit:

Protect Your Central Coast on Mandatory Commercial Recycling;

GreenWaste Recovery on Regulatory Requirements for Businesses;

or CalRecycle on Mandatory Commercial Recycling.

California State Law AB 1826 (2014) also requires commercial entities that generate specified amount of organic materials, such as green waste and food waste, to recycle these materials.  For more information on the law and how to comply in Marina, please visit 

GreenWaste Recovery on Regulatory Requirements for Businesses;

Business Requirements and Resources on Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling by CalRecycle.  

Please consider becoming a Certified Green Business.  For more information see Monterey County Green Business Program.


Is your manufacturing business compliant with the State Water Resource Control Board?

View the fact sheet which provides a brief overview of key concepts of this environmental compliance update.


Establishing a Business in Marina

We are glad that you have chosen our city as the location for your business. The City of Marina is dedicated to helping businesses thrive here. We understand and appreciate the positive impact that successful growing businesses have on our community. 

The following information is provided to assist you with the process of establishing your business in Marina. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the process outlined below. Please note that this process varies depending on your business type. 

City Staff is available to answer questions and provide assistance. We encourage you to check in regularly regarding your progress. 


Economic Development Division
Administration Department
211 Hillcrest Avenue
Marina, CA 93933 
(831) 884-1278
Email 



1. Create a Business Plan
There is no way to eliminate all the risk associated with starting a business. However, you can improve your chances of success with proper planning and preparation. A good way to start is by creating a Business Plan. The following resource partners can help you with this process:
 
Central Coast Small Business Development Center
Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-6136
Fax (831) 479-6166
Website
Email

SBDC Documents:
Free Business Counseling
Request for Services
Request for Services (Spanish)


Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA has a large number of programs and services to help your business start, grow and succeed.
San Francisco District Office
455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-2420
(415) 744-6820
SBA Help Desk (800) 827-5722
Website

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE provides training, mentoring and free counseling services to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Monterey Bay SCORE
380 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA, 93940
(831) 648-5360
Website

2. Check City of Marina Zoning Regulations
Before you sign a lease or apply for any business permit, it is important that you check with the Marina Planning Services Division to ensure that the proposed use is allowed on the property. Some uses may require additional permits, while some may not be allowed at all. Most businesses will only require Planning Division preliminary review (an over the counter procedure), while some will be required to go through environmental review and obtain a use permit (up to a 2-6 month process involving a public hearing).

To determine if your business is allowed at a specific location, please complete the Business Application and Permit Inquiry Online Form.

3. Decide on a Business Structure
If you will be establishing a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company, you must register with the Secretary of State.

California Secretary of State
1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 950814
(916) 657-5448
Website

4. Register a Fictitious Name
If you intend to name your firm anything other than your own name, you must file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the County Clerk.

Monterey County Recorder-County Clerk
168 W. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-5450 or from Monterey Peninsula (831) 647-7850
Website

5. Get a Business License
The City of Marina requires that any person who transacts and carries on any business, trade, profession, calling or occupation in the City, or who provides a service within the city, procure a Business License with the Finance Department and pay the appropriate fees. Visit the Business License webpage to learn about the process of obtaining a business license and to download a business license application.

City of Marina Finance Department
211 Hillcrest Avenue, Marina, CA 93933
(831) 884-1274
Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri 10 am to 4 pm
Email

6. Obtain Important Permits
In addition to City of Marina permits, you may need permits or licenses from regional, state, and federal agencies. The State of California has a permitting website located at www.calgold.ca.gov

City of Marina Applications and Permits
Before you sign a lease or apply for any business permit, it is important that you  understand the permit and application process for your business. Depending on your business, it may require a brief review process (an over the counter procedure), or it may require a more lengthy review process(up to a 2-6 month process involving a public hearing).

City Staff can help you understand your review process. Before you call, however, please read this page completely. Then, Contact City staff by completing the Business Application and Permit Inquiry form.  A staff member will then review your information and contact you. The following City of Marina permits may be necessary for your business:

Use Permit
Before you sign a lease or apply for any business permit check with the Marina Planning Division to ensure that the proposed use is allowed on the property. The easiest way to inquire is to complete this Business Application and Permit Inquiry form. Many businesses will only require Planning Services Division administrative reviews (an over-the counter procedure) while some may require more time.

Each parcel in the City has been assigned a zoning designation that describes which land uses are permitted outright and which land uses require a use permit. Depending on the type of use and zone, the Community Development Director and/or the Planning Commission is responsible for approving a use permit.

Design Review
Any changes or alterations to the exterior of a commercial building or parking lot will require design review approval. If you have questions regarding design review, please complete the Business Application and Permit Inquiry form and a staff member will respond.

Sign Permit
Before ordering or installing a new sign or modifying an existing sign for your business, please complete the Business Application and Permit Inquiry form, so staff to review and respond to your inquiry in a timely manner. Most signs require approval by Planning. Some may require administrative design review, while other multi-tenant commercial buildings may require a sign program, approved by the Design Review Board. All temporary signs, such as banners, require prior approval and are limited to 30 days.

Home Occupation Permit
Applications for Home Occupation permits are processed by the Planning Services Division. Applications should be submitted prior to applying for a business license. To get started, complete the Business Application and Permit Inquiry form.

City of Marina Building Permit
A Building Permit is needed for all new construction in Marina. In most cases, a permit is also required for replacement of existing construction, additions, remodeling and commercial tenant improvements. Building Permits are how the city regulates construction to ensure it is safe for occupancy and use. If you are thinking of signing a lease, buying/renovating a building or new construction, contact the City of Marina.

Fire Department Permits
A permit from the fire department is required to maintain, store, use or handle materials, or to conduct processes which produce conditions hazardous to life, property, or to install equipment used in connection with such activities as defined in the California Fire Code. To determine if your business needs a fire permit, complete the Business Application and Permit Inquiry form.

Police Department Permits
Permits are occasionally required by the police department for specific businesses. To determine if your business needs a police department permit, Complete the Business Application and Permit Inquiry form.

CPTED PROGRAM
The Marina Police Department, in a cooperative effort with other City departments, builders and developers, reviews and makes recommendations on building projects within the City in order to “build out crime” through a crime prevention system called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. To learn more about CPTED, call the Marina PD at (831) 884-1229.

Regional and County Permits
Certain businesses which handle food (sale, preparation) need approval by the Monterey County Health Department. This approval is designed to ensure compliance with County sanitation codes. Food preparation is not allowed under a home occupation permit.

Monterey County Health Department
Environmental Health Division
1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Tel (831) 647-7654
Website

To sell alcoholic beverages from your business, obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License.

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
1137 Westridge Parkway, Salinas, CA 93907
(831) 755-1990
Website

If your business discharges matter into the air, a permit from the Monterey Bay Air Quality Management District may be required.

Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
24580 Silver Cloud Court, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647-9411
Website

Businesses may be required to report equipment, fixtures, supplies and leasehold improvements held for business use.

County Of Monterey Assessor's Office
Business Property Division
240 Church Street, West Wing 2nd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-5035

State Permits
Wholesale and Retail Businesses: If you business will involve sales, you will need to obtain a Seller’s Permit from the State Board of Equalization

California State Board of Equalization
111 E. Navajo Dr., Ste. 100. Salinas, CA 93906-2452,
(831) 443-3003. FAX (831) 443-3131
(800) 735-2929
Website

Utilities
Water: Marina Coast Water District
11 Reservation Road, Marina, CA 93933
(831) 384-6131
Website

Gas and Electricity: Pacific Gas and Electric
2311 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940
(800) 743-5000
Website

Curbside Refuse/Trash Collection/Recycling:
GreenWaste Recovery, Inc.
Website

Landfill Disposal/Household Hazardous Waste/Recycling
Monterey Regional Waste Management District
14201 Del Monte Boulevard, Marina CA 93933
(831) 384-5313
Website

Mandatory Recycling Law

Did you know that California State Law AB 341 (2011) requires commercial entities that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week and all multi-family complexes of five or more units to implement recycling programs?  For more information, please visit:

Protect Your Central Coast on Mandatory Commercial Recycling;

GreenWaste Recovery on Regulatory Requirements for Businesses;

or CalRecycle on Mandatory Commercial Recycling.

California State Law AB 1826 (2014) also requires commercial entities that generate specified amount of organic materials, such as green waste and food waste, to recycle these materials.  For more information on the law and how to comply in Marina, please visit

GreenWaste Recovery on Regulatory Requirements for Businesses;

Business Requirements and Resources on Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling by CalRecycle.  

Please consider becoming a Certified Green Business.  For more information see Monterey County Green Business Program.


7. If You Will Have Employees
Federal Identification Numbers
Internal Revenue Service
(800) 829-1040
Website

State Employer Identification Number
Employment Tax Office
(916) 654-8706
(888) 745-3886
Website

Pay Employee Taxes
For employment regarding employee withholdings, self-employment tax and other business tax withholdings contact the Internal Revenue Service.

Internal Revenue Service
928 E. Blanco Road, Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 753-6895
Website

Workers Compensation
Workers compensation insurance is required for all California employers. Premiums are based on the job each employee performs and their total wages. In California most small employers are insured by the State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund).

State Compensation Insurance Fund
(877) 405-4545 
Website 

8. Recruit and Train Employees
The Employment Services branch of Montery County Department of Social Services provides assistance to employers and job seekers through a continuum of comprehensive employment related Services. Services are provided through CalWorKS, the office for employment training (OET), the Workforce investment Board (WIB), and in partnership with the employment Development Department (EDD) at our three one-Stop Career Centers located in Salinas, King City, and Seaside.

Department of Social And Employment Services
1000 S. Main St., Ste. 208
Salinas CA 93901
Phone #: (831) 755-4400
Website

9. Open a Checking Account for Your Business
Separate business and personal accounting is essential when you file your tax return. Contact the financial institution of your choice directly.


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