Starting Your Business

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Interested in starting or expanding a business here in the Lompoc Valley? Learn about the development process!

Phase 1: Pre-Development, Determine Your Project

Step 1: Ask Questions

  • Am I a new business or an expanding business?
  • Will I be going into an existing building or am I new construction?
  • Is my business use permitted in the area I am looking to locate?
  • Does my business comply with the zoning code?

Step 2: Pre- Development

  • Schedule a meeting with the DAT (Development Assistance Team)
    This is a FREE service where you can present your development ideas in front of all city departments involved in the development process. You can ask questions and get feedback on your project ideas! 
  • Schedule a Pre- Conceptual Meeting
    This service involves meeting with key city staff in the development process to discuss your project plans. This “next level” step includes written feedback on your project from various city departments.

Phase 2A: Planning

Step 1: Development Review – Architectural Review

Once you have identified if your project must go through the planning process, you begin the development review. Here, you can submit applications, plans, other documents, and pay review fees. During this initial stage, planning will also determine if an environmental review is needed. During this review, there will b e a fire, building, and engineering review with associated fees. This is the time where engineering and planning will determine if a traffic study is needed.

Step 2: Review Corrections and Make Revisions

Once your plans are returned to you, there may be some revisions that need to be made your project to address comments made by various departments.

Phase 2B: Building

Step 1: Submit your Application

If your project had to go through the planning process, you are able to submit plans approved by the Planning Division to the building division at this step in the process. During application submittal, one must submit:

  • Application
  • Plans
  • Review Fees (AB 1600 and building plan review fees)

During this phase, School Developer Fees must be paid PRIOR to any permit issuance. Fee cannot be deferred as they are mandated and applicant must show proof of payment prior to building permit issuance.

Application and Submittal Checklists

Phase 3: Utilities

Step 1: Determine your utility needs

The City provides water, wastewater, trash, recycling, and electric services. Contact the utilities department to set up your utility needs. Typical fees that would be paid during this time include water meter fees and electric meter fees. To turn on utilities, there is an option to turn on temporary power (for example, if new development, during the construction phase). There is also a utility deposit required when turning on water and electric. Dependent upon project, different meter sizes and upgrades may be required.

Step 2: Set up an account to obtain utility service

  • Apply in person at least 1 working day (Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) before you want the services turned on.
  • Present valid identification (Driver's License/CA I.D.) And social security card.
  • Pay deposit if required.
  • Present a valid lease agreement, or documents showing proof of purchase/ownership

Completed applications can be emailed to

Phase 4: Business Tax Certificate

Step 1: Apply for a BTC with the City Clerk’s Office

Fill out application forms for a Business Tax License with the City Clerk’s office. Application for a BTC requires:

  • Social Security Numbers (or taxpayer identification) for all principals of the business
  • Name and Address of the business (NOT a post office or private mail box)
  • Name, address and phone numbers of business owner(s)
  • Name, address and phone numbers of corporate office
  • Type of business, products sold, or services provided
  • Seller's Permit Number

Phase 5: Final Inspection

Step 1: Apply for and obtain your Certificate of Occupancy

Contact the Building Division at the City of Lompoc for your final inspections, once project has neared or reached completion. Once building and fire have completed final inspections and walk-through with no issues, the Final Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.
This must be obtained after construction completion and in order for a building to be occupied.

Benefits of Locating in Lompoc

    business park
  • Low business costs, low cost of living and high quality of life
  • Sites for build to suit businesses and existing commercial, office and industrial space
  • Access to airport and rail, located just off Highway 1 and 246
  • Temperate year round climate with an average temperature of 68.4° F. Lompoc has moderate rainfall, light daily fog and no snow in the area
  • Growing healthcare industry with additions of the Champion Center Rehabilitation facility and the state of the art Radiation Oncology Center
  • Thriving technology, manufacturing and space industry. Lompoc is home to Vandenberg Air Force Base, providing a public/ private dynamic including the Department of Defense, NASA, and Space X.
  • Large community college and public safety training center, offering state of the art training in law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service

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City Resources

To help answer any questions you may have regarding permits, zoning, building inspections, plan reviews, etc please follow the links below:

Additional Resources


The Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of the Ventura County EDC-SBDC, the Los Angeles Regional Network, and the national Small Business Administration (SBA). We provide individualized consulting and training to new and growing businesses.

Every business starts with a bright idea. Whether you need help getting your idea off the ground or want to grow your business, we’re here for you. We provide no-cost business counseling and coaching to get your business to the next level. In addition, we offer occasional non-credit classes, workshops and training sessions.

For a confidential no-cost consultation, contact us for an appointment and please complete our intake process.


The Workforce Development Board of Santa Barbara County (WDB) develops innovative workforce strategies that help businesses, individuals and industries achieve and sustain economic vitality across all communities in Santa Barbara County.

The WDB is a public/private partnership created by the Federal Workforce Investment Act legislation and is staffed by the County of Santa Barbara.

SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a valuable resources for small businesses by providing resources, programs, and tools to help small business start, expand and grow. SBA offers free assistance by means of counseling, advice, consulting services, financing services, and more. SBA's Los Angeles District office services Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties and can be a valuable resource for Small Businesses in Lompoc. For more information, visit

SBA presentation

Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

doorsThe Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business people within the community dedicated to maintaining a favorable business climate and safeguarding the interests of its members. The Chamber accomplishes cooperatively for the individual business enterprise what that business could not achieve alone.

As you begin the process of launching your own business, here are a few resources to help guide you: