The permits and licenses you need depend on the type of business you plan to operate. This list provides a quick reference to the new-business permits required within the City of Ridgecrest.  If your business is outside the city limits or if you will be operating outside the city, other permits may be required by the county you are in.

  • Air Quality Emission Permits

Kern County Air Pollution Control District
2700 M St., Suite 290
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 862-5250

  • Alcoholic Beverage License

State of California Dept of Alcoholic Beverage Control
4800 Stockdale Hwy # 213
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 395-2731

  • Building Permit/Commercial Plan Check

City of Ridgecrest Building Dept.
100 W. California Ave.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 499-5072

  • Business License

City of Ridgecrest Finance Dept. (Upstairs)
100 W. California Ave.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 499-5026

If your business is outside the City limits, in Kern County, contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office to find out if you need a County license  (661) 391-7690.

Other licensing requirements also pertain to certain businesses. To find out if your type of business requires either a state license or certification, contact the State Board of Consumer Affairs, (800) 952-5210 or (916) 445-1254 (TDD:  (916) 322-1700.