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The Planning Division is responsible for reviewing proposed development for compliance with the City's Zoning Ordinance and General Plan. The Department is responsible for issuing use permits, processing entitlement applications, updating on the General Plan elements, and preparing long range planning and policy documents.

You will find a variety of information relating to on-going developments in the City and updates on current and future projects, such as, residential developments, industrial business parks and commercial centers. Also available are the various planning documents and forms you may need to file for various projects.

How To Obtain a Business License

A business license is required to conduct any type of business in the City of Downey, including home occupation and temporary contractors with offices outside of Downey. Please download a Business License Application. If you are conducting a Home Occupation business within a residential zoned property, you must comply with the following rules and conditions.

The City of Downey is proud to announce that starting in 2014 you can apply for a new business license online. It is fast, easy and secure.

Apply for a Business License online!

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