Welcome to West Hollywood! Our City is home to innovative industries and a magnet for highly skilled professionals. Companies ranging from retail, tourism and nightlife, restaurants, entertainment and media, as well as arts and design are drawn to West Hollywood’s creative workforce as well as its high quality of life.
Whether you want to open a business, expand an existing business, you are considering a development project or you are a broker representing properties in our City, our staff is available to assist you and your company through its business planning process. To learn more about the Business Development Division and the services it offers, please contact:
|Open Your Business|
The information below will help you get your business off to a great start.
- Step 1: Find Property in West Hollywood
- Step 2: Determine the Parking Requirements for Your Business
- Step 3: Register for a Business Tax Certificate
- Step 4: Determine if You Need a Business License
- Step 5: Business Organizations & Resources
|Operate Your Business|
As your business grows in West Hollywood, be sure to take advantage of the many benefits of doing business here including but not limited to the following:
- Event and Film Services
- Parking Services
- Environmental Services
- Social Services
- Business Improvement Districts
Business Emergency Preparedness Toolkit. Many businesses are not prepared to respond to man-made or natural disasters. To help keep businesses open after an emergency, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) developed a severe weather emergency preparedness and response planning toolkit. Check out the toolkit here and be prepared.
Minimum Wage Increase – Effective January 1, 2018. Attention West Hollywood businesses. The City of West Hollywood follows the State of California minimum wage schedule. This means the minimum wage will increase for all businesses on January 1, 2018.
- For employers with 25 employees or less, the minimum wage will increase to $10.50/hour.
- For employers with 26 employees of more, the minimum wage will increase to 11.00/hour.
For more information, contact the Business Development Division at CreativeCity@weho.org or call 323-848-6354 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff person. You can also visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations website for information on the minimum wage rate schedule and future minimum wage increases.
New Laws for 2018. The California Chamber of Commerce recently released a summary of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2018 or beyond that will impact businesses in California. Employers must be aware of significant changes in key areas, such as a small business parental leave law and new hiring restrictions. Other new laws make small changes to different parts of existing law or may affect only employers in specific industries. Unless specified, all new legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2018. If you own or operate a business in West Hollywood, please check out the link here and be prepared for 2018.
2017 2nd Quarter Sales Tax Update. West Hollywood’s sales tax receipts in the second quarter of 2017 were 5.8% above the second quarter of 2016. Recent business openings in key categories such as fine dining and leisure/entertainment helped boost the increase. Click here to view a complete summary of the West Hollywood 2017 second quarter sales tax update.
Minimum Wage Schedule. The City of West Hollywood follows the State of California minimum wage schedule. Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for all industries will be increased yearly. From January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2022, the minimum wage will increase for employers employing 26 or more employees. This increase will be delayed one year for employers employing 25 or fewer employees, from January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2023. The next scheduled increase will be in January 2018. For more information and to view the schedule for California Minimum Wage rates 2017-2023, visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations minimum wage website.
Public Access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Program. The City of West Hollywood recently installed 12 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in key locations at City Hall, City Parks and other City Facilities. Businesses that do not have AEDs on site are encouraged to learn more about the program and locate the closest public AED.
Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, formerly called the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act or AUMA. The AUMA requires a state license to engage in commercial nonmedical marijuana activity. State licensing authorities are required to begin issuing licenses by January 1, 2018. The City of West Hollywood is currently evaluating regulation options. Community forums and other public meetings will be scheduled throughout the summer and fall 2017 and information will be available on the City’s website with the dates and locations of the meetings. You are encouraged to visit the City’s website to learn about meetings and any proposed regulations.