DOWNEY - Effective Monday, Downey businesses will be able to renew their business licenses simply by logging on to the city's website.Most businesses with existing licenses can renew their licenses at downeyca.org. The system is secure and password protected, and can be accessed by businesses that receive renewal notices in the mail. Renewal forms will be mailed out after Thanksgiving and renewal is required by the end of January 2014. A city business license is required for any organization or person that conducts business in Downey, even if the business is physically located outside city limits or the company or person has a business license from another city. Business licenses are also required of all home-based businesses and for property rentals. Most businesses with an existing license can renew online PIN and account number, which will be provided in the renewal letter. The process is "simple" and includes the verification of current information and payment of fees online, officials said. Businesses that are new, have expanded or changed its address is not eligible for online renewal. Some select businesses also cannot renew online due to additional documentation requirements. Downey created the online renewal systems with HdL Companies Inc., which has developed similar business license systems for hundreds of cities throughout the country. For questions or information, call (562) 904-7249.
********** Published: Nov. 28, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 33