Regulations & Permits

The City of Lake Forest does not require a Business License in order for businesses to operate within the City.  However, we encourage businesses to complete a business registration form for emergency contact information and to be placed on the City's mailing list to receive information on upcoming business seminars and workshops.  Additionally, businesses who register are given placement in the Shop & Dine directory.  Click here to view the Business License Policy Letter.

For any questions regarding the regulation and permitting process please contact us at:
  • Building and Safety Division: 949-461-3470
  • Code Enforcement Division: 949-461-3502
  • Economic Development: 949-461-3567
  • Planning Division: 949-461-3491
  • Public Works Department: 949-461-3480
For information regarding water quality and pollution prevention regulations, please contact the Water Quality Division at 949-461-3436.