Zoning Requirements

The first step toward establishing your business should be to verify that your planned use and location will comply with zoning regulations. When you apply for your business license with the City of Ridgecrest, the process includes a check with Zoning and Building to be sure you are in compliance.

Restrictions & Allowances

Call to verify that your proposed use and location comply with zoning requirements. To request a copy of the restrictions and allowances for your business location, call the City Clerk at 760-499-5002 and ask for the pertinent section of the Ridgecrest Municipal Code.

If your proposed use and location comply, consider the specific requirements for home businesses and home daycare providers, then go on to the next step.

Conditional Use Permit

If the proposed use and location don’t comply, you may be able to apply for a conditional use permit, a site plan review, or a zone change. Ask staff members at the Community and Economic Development Department about the information they need from you, the approximate cost, the estimated time the permit or review will take, and the likelihood that your special use will be approved.


Be sure to ask which Planning Commission and/or City Council meeting you will be required to attend.