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, click on the image below.
For more information, please contact Jackie Rocco, Business Development Manager
If you are unsure of who to contact email CreativeCity@weho.org or call at 323-848-6574 and you will be directed the appropriate staff person.
Starting a business is challenging, but we are here to help you make your business dream a reality. To get you started on the right foot, the Business Development Division has created a series of step by step guides to open three of the most common businesses in West Hollywood. To learn more, click on each image below.
Health and Fitness Business
|Open Your Business|
Opening a business other than one of the three listed above? The general information below will get any business off to a great start.
- Step 1: Find Property in West Hollywood
- Step 2: Confirm Zoning and Planning Permits
- Step 3: Determine the Parking Requirements for Your Business
- Step 4: Register for a Business Tax Certificate
- Step 5: Determine if You Need a Business License
- Step 6: 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
2018 3rd Quarter Sales Tax Update. After adjustments, West Hollywood’s sales tax receipts in the third quarter of 2018 (Q3 2018) were 2.2% above sales in Q3 2017. Sales in the general consumer category were a primary factor in the increased revenue, driven by growth from multiple categories including men’s apparel, family apparel and home furnishing stores. Once adjusted, restaurants and hotel retail sales experienced lackluster results following a long period of growth, a trend that persisted throughout the state in Q3 2018. A full summary of Q3 2018 sales tax receipt data can be found here.
Commercial Parking Update. Are you looking to open or expand a business in West Hollywood? We’ve got great news – it just got easier. The City recently approved a comprehensive update to our commercial parking requirements. Key provisions of the update are summarized below:
- Change in Use: The update allows a change of use to occur (i.e. change from retail to restaurant) within an existing building or tenant space that is less than 6,000 SF to without requiring additional parking. What does that mean for you? If the building or tenant space you’re intending to lease meets the requirements above (less than 6,000 SF and existing prior to December 19, 2018) then the parking that is currently on site, is all the parking that is required for your business. Of course, if you’d like to secure additional parking you may do so through an off-site lease agreement, valet service or through City parking credits, if applicable.
- Baseline Parking Requirements: The minimum baseline parking requirement for nearly all commercial uses has been significantly reduced. The minimum baseline requirements apply to new construction and a change of use in a building or tenant space greater than 6,000 SF and/or a building or tenant space constructed after December 19, 2018. Click here to view the minimum parking requirement for all business types.
- Existing Businesses: Existing businesses, including those that lease off-site parking or satisfy their parking obligation through the City’s parking credits program, may apply to have their parking obligation reduced to the new minimum baseline parking standard. Additionally, businesses that have underutilized on-site parking may also apply for a reduction in their parking obligation, which would free up the business to lease the surplus spaces to employees or neighboring businesses. If you are an existing business and interested in reducing your parking requirement, please contact the Business Development Division and we’ll walk you through the steps.
City of West Hollywood Minimum Wage. Attention West Hollywood businesses. The City of West Hollywood follows the State of California minimum wage schedule. The current minimum wage in West Hollywood (January 1, 2019) is as follows:
- For employers with 25 employees or less: $11.00/hour
- For employers with 26 employees of more: $12.00/hour
For more information, visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations website.