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Business Development
Starting a Business

Naming a business with other than your own name requires filing a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the County Clerk.

Filing your Fictitious Business Name Statement is just one step towards starting your business. Mariposa County does not require business licenses. However, there may be requirements from other County agencies.  For example, the Health Department may require Food Facility Permits, the Building Department may require permits for improvements or occupancy changes, and the Public Works Department may require encroachment permits or have other requirements associated with parking and access to your business.

Home-Based Businesses and Rural Home Industries are among permitted uses in many zones in Mariposa County, subject to development standards. The Mariposa Town Planning Area allows for Home-Based Occupations, also subject to development standards. A wide variety of other businesses are permitted based on your zoning, again, subject to development standards. We recommend that you consult with the Planning Department as your next step to starting your business.

Most businesses will require advertising signage, and it is your responsibility to check with the Planning Department regarding sign standards. It is important to consult with us prior to designing any signage. 

Bed and Breakfasts and Vacation Rentals are permitted in most zones in Mariposa County. You must obtain a Transient Occupancy Tax certificate; an application and inspections are required to verify basic health and safety requirements. Applications can be found online at or you can pick one up at the Planning Department

We are located at 5100 Bullion Street (downstairs) and are available Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We are here to answer your questions at 209-966-5151 or you can email questions to:

Agricultural Business
Chapter 18.04 of Mariposa County Code establishes a Right to Agricultural Activity. 

As stated in 18.04.020.A  Findings and policy:
It is the declared policy of this county to enhance and encourage agricultural operations within the county. It is the further intent of this county to provide to the residents of this county proper notification of the county's recognition and support through this ordinance of those persons' and/or entities' right to conduct agricultural activity.

Community Development
The Economic Development Office engages in business retention, expansion and entrepreneurial services.
  • Business Planning and Assistance 
  • Business Formation
  • Business Incentives
  • Creation of new family wage jobs

Free training opportunities are available for Mariposa County residents.

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 Our Mission is to provide our clients with professional service and accurate information in a respectful, courteous, and enthusiastic manner resulting in a well-planned rural environment.

Mariposa County Planning Department
(209) 966-5151

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