Start a Business in Zaferia

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Zaferia offers lively bars, restaurants, and theater, as well as professional service providers, a design district, auto services, and distinctive retail unlike any other area in Long Beach. Wholesalers and manufacturers also take advantage of the oversized lots.

The following links can help guide you in starting or moving your business to Zaferia.

Economic Insights

City of Long Beach – Economic Development Department

Discover data points, charts, and maps highlighting five areas that set Long Beach apart using national datasets:

  • Population
  • Economy
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Health

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Business Licenses

City of Long Beach – Financial Management

The Business License Division is responsible for the licensing and permitting of all businesses in the City of Long Beach, the collection of business tax, Transient Occupancy Tax for hotels, alarm permits, garage/yard sale permits, and other miscellaneous permits and fees. Business License also facilitates the entertainment permit process for City Council hearings, revocations, suspensions, and appeal hearings. This division serves customers and residents over the counter, telephone, email and through field investigations.

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Click here to email the City of Long Beach

New Business Portal

City of Long Beach

To apply for your business license online or to get answers to your questions about starting a business in Long Beach, check out the resources the City of Long Beach Business Portal. 

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Other Resources

Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau Small Business Packages

Zaferia Business Association members qualify for a special rate for the marketing package with the Long Beach Long Beach Visitors Bureau.

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City of Long Beach Resources

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Trespassing Issues

City-Approved Signage & Forms

Specific “No Trespassing” signs may be installed and used in conjunction with a Request for Service form and photo of the installed sign if they are filed with the Long Beach Police Department. The form is good for one year and allows officers, without the property/business owner being present, to request that the trespassers leave a property or they can effect an arrest/cite upon their refusal. Purchase the required signage at our Zaferia member Anaheim Ace Hardware located at 2720 E. Anaheim St.

Click here for Anaheim Ace Hardware information

Click here to download the No Trespassing Signage

Click here to download the No Trespassing Program application form

Business Support & Grants

Operating Protocols & Grant Information

City staff are available to answer COVID-19 business and worker-related questions through the BizCare Hotline. For immediate assistance, contact the BizCare Hotline at 562-570-4BIZ (4249)

Click here for City of Long Beach small business grant programs

Whose Job Is It?

City of Long Beach Phone Numbers

Broken Traffic or Street Light, Damaged Bus Shelter, Overflowing Sidewalk Trash Can, Graffiti, Noise Abatement, Gas Emergency, Abandoned Shopping Cart, Damaged Banner, Trash in Street . . .

Click here to download the Whose Job Is It? PDF

Restaurants & Food Facilities

City of Long Beach – Environmental Health

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services oversees all restaurants and food service providers. See their website for all guides, forms, and applications pertaining to the preparation, serving, and selling of food.

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Zaferia Business Association Member Resources

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ZBA Cleaning Team

The ZBA contracts with a Cleaning Team to pressure wash and sweep the district sidewalks, pull weeds, pick up trash, and remove stickers. Use these links to access the Pressure Schedule, and the Sweeper Route and Schedule.

Click here to download the Pressure Schedule

Click here to download the Sweeper Route and Schedule

ZBA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

View the ZBA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes for the current fiscal year. For minutes of meetings of previous fiscal years, contact our office at 562-305-7102

Click here to access the ZBA Board of Directors meeting minutes

ZBA Governing Documents & Management Report

ZBA Bylaws, Administrative Policies, and Management Report submitted to the Long Beach City Council for the most current year.

Click here to access the ZBA Governing Documents and Management Reports

ZBA Financial Reporting

View the ZBA Annual Financial Report. For financial reports of previous fiscal years, contact our office at 562-305-7102

Click here to access the ZBA Financial Reports

Trainings to Grow Your Small Business

Three recorded webinars to help your small business grow, presented in April 2023 as a benefit to ZBA members and the public. Funds provided by the American Recovery Act Grant. 

Top Digital Marketing Trends to Grow Your Business

Best Ways to Grow Your Business on a Budget

Email Marketing: Tops Tips for Success

Get in Touch

Still have questions? Feel free to get in touch using the contact form below!

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