Hi, I live in Palmdale, CA. I have registered my business which is an online smokeshop with the state, but I am having trouble with my city. I was told by someone in the licensing office 2 weeks ago that it should be possible. I then went and got licensed by the state and started prepping the paperwork for my city. When I called the licensing department today I was put on hold while she consulted someone about my situation. I was then told that they can't handle this request and transferred me to zoning. The people in zoning put me on hold aswell to research my questions and then told me I would need a conditional use permit and that the process would take 40 to 60 days and would most likely be denied. They then told me it was impossible to open up this store from my home. I have looked through the municipal and zoning code for my city and it makes no mention of online businesses restrictions, the selling of tobacco products (pipes) from home, or any zoning restrictions that would stop me from being able to get my business license. Can anyone help me out? My house is far more than 500 ft from any schools or hospitals which is the only zoning restriction in the code.
The reason you are not getting any answers to this question or because you're asking the impossible. You've also omitted to mention whether or not product would be stored on the premises.
If you are not storing product on the premises, I don't know why you needed to seek a business license just to use the internet to connect your self with your customers. But if you must have a license, you're must. We attorneys all wish we had that elusive magic wand to make people's problems disappear. Unfortunately, none of us has yet to find one.
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