A.) The cost of a business license tax varies. There are several different business categories, all of which are shown on the business license application form. PleaseCLICK HERE for More Information or call 310-377-1577 ext 113.
I received a notice from MuniServices that I need a Business License?
MuniServices has been retained by the City of Rolling Hills Estates to conduct a business license compliance review to identify all businesses that may be operating in the City without a business license.
You have received this notice because our records indicate that you may be conducting business in the City of Rolling Hills Estates without a business license and have not paid a business tax.
The City of Rolling Hills Estates Municipal Code (Section 5-04-050) states that it shall be unlawful for any person to transact and carry on any business, trade, profession, calling or occupation in the city without first having procured a license from the city to do so and paying the tax.
If you believe you are not liable to pay these taxes, we still require a reply from you to remove you from future mailings. In order to resolve your account, please assist us by completing one of the following items:
• If you are conducting business in the City of Rolling Hills Estates and do not have a current business license, please complete and return the enclosed application in the envelope provided within 30 days of the date of this letter. An invoice detailing the taxes owed will be mailed to you upon receipt of your application information.
• If you already have a valid business license, please provide a copy of your business license and return it within 30 days of the date of this letter in the enclosed envelope, or fax a copy of your license to (559) 275-0289.
• If you believe you are not required to procure a City of Rolling Hills Estates business license, please provide a written statement describing your circumstances and explaining your position. Upon review, you will either be cleared from our system or contacted for additional information.
Thank you for your cooperation. If you need assistance completing the application, require information, or believe that this notice does not apply to you, please contact one of our Tax Specialists Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time at 800-987-0999.
Please refer to your account reference number RHE«unique_key» when calling. Please mail your application directly to the City of Rolling Hills Estates, C/O Business License Processing Center, P.O. Box 27947, Fresno, CA 93729-7947 within 30 days of the date of this letter. Information obtained during this compliance review will be held in strict confidence.
My business is in another city and I have a business license there. Why should I have a license in your city too?
In general law cities like the City of Rolling Hills Estates, the law requires that the business license tax must be based on revenue the business earns within that city’s boundaries.
My company does business with the City. How often are City bills paid?
Upon receipt of an invoice from a vendor, the City pays the invoice within 30 days of invoice date. Bills are approved by the City Council at meetings held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Checks are mailed to vendors on the Wednesdays after those meetings.
A.) The City has a first-come, first-served use policy for all parks except Ernie Howlett Park. Groups of 20 up to a maximum of 100 must obtain an Ernie Howlett Park Permit Application to hold a function at Ernie Howlett Park. A clean-up deposit of $50 must be submitted with the permit application along with applicable park use fee (20 to 30 persons @ no charge; 31 - 50 persons @ $30; and 51 - 100 persons @ $50). A small kitchen can also be rented at Ernie Howlett Park for a $25 use fee. Contact the RHE Tennis Club office at Ernie Howlett Park at (310) 541-4585 to schedule your group’s function.
How do I find out about the availability of Tennis Classes, Summer Camps, Nature Programs or other recreational programs offered by the City?
A.) Call City Hall, (310) 377-1577 and we can tell you about the schedule of the classes and help get you registered. Information about our Recreation Programs is also available in the quarterly Community Activities Newsletter. Classes are offered in Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (June), and Fall (September) sessions.
How do I have my City street tree pruned or removed?
Most City street trees are pruned on a 4 or 5-year interval. Residents can request permission, in writing, to pay for more frequent prunings or the removal and replacement of a City street tree. Removal requests are reviewed and approved by the Park and Activities Commission. For more information about the City’s street tree maintenance program or view restoration policy, please contact Mike Goldsmith at (310) 378-4504.
How do I reserve a sports field?
Sports fields are provided in Highridge Park (2 soccer fields and 1 softball field) and Howlett Park (3 baseball fields which convert into 2 soccer fields during the Fall months) and available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis when not in use by one of the local youth sports organizations or reserved for a special event. The City’s annually issues sports field permits to AYSO Soccer, Silver Spur Little League, Peninsula Pony-Colt Baseball League, and Palos Verdes Peninsula Girls Softball League during the normal practice and league seasons for each sport. During the weeks between sports seasons, the City’s Maintenance Division implements turf improvement measures, which requires periodically closing the sports fields from public use. Although there are limited opportunities, individuals and organizations can reserve a sports field for a one-day special event. Contact Daniel A-Haja, for sports field rental fees, insurance coverage requirements, and permit application information at (310) 377-1577 ext. 110.
What are the City’s park hours?
A.) City parks are open from 7:30 a.m. to dusk.
What is the City doing about peafowl?
A.) The City has a Wild Bird Protection Ordinance that prohibits anyone from shooting, trapping, taking or injuring any wild bird, bird nest or egg within the City. The City has implemented a peafowl trap and removal program for all areas of the City, except within the boundaries of the Dapplegray Lanes and Strawberry Lane homeowners associations. If you have any questions obtaining a Peafowl Removal Permit or to obtain peafowl information, please contact City Hall at (310) 377-1577
Can I build a second story on my home?
All second story additions require Planning Commission review and approval. The City generally allows second stories provided that they comply with Neighborhood Compatibility and View Preservation ordinances, as well as other sections of the municipal code. For more information, please contact the Planning Department at (310) 377-1577.
Can I park my vehicle in the public street overnight?
No. Parking on the public street between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. is prohibited. This provision helps maintain the clean appearance of City streets, reduction in street maintenance costs, serves as a deterrent to crime, and allows for maximum accessibility of emergency vehicles and safe vehicular circulation on all streets.
Can I store my recreational vehicle at my residence?
Recreational vehicles may be parked in a side or rear yard, however recreational vehicles may not be parked or stored in yard areas contiguous to streets or highways.
Do I need a permit for my alarm system?
Yes. All residences and business that have alarm systems are required to obtain a permit from the City. Permits are available at no charge. However, if it is reported that one is operating an alarm system without permit, a fine will be imposed. Permit applications are available at RHE City Hall or you can download the application form by clicking here.
Do I need a permit to construct a fence in the front yard?
No. However, the maximum height for any fencing in the front yard is 24”. If the property is located within the Horse Overlay zone, a 42” high 3-rail fence may be built to City standards. For more information, please contact the Planning Department at (310) 377-1577.
Do I need a permit to install a new water heater?
Yes. Please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Building & Safety at (310) 534 3760 for more information.
Do I need a permit to re-roof?
Yes. A re-roofing application is required and can be obtained at City Hall or you can download the form by clicking here.
Does the City have building or architectural plans for my residence?
The City retains most architectural plans for major additions and/or improvements. Please contact the Planning Department at (310) 377-1577 for more information.
How do I report a unlicensed business operating in the City?
A maximum of 2 horses is permitted on lots less than 20,000 sq.ft. in area and a maximum of 4 horses on lots 20,000 sq.ft. or larger. Horses may be kept on your property provided that you meet the following requirements:
• Your property is located within the Horse Overlay zone • You provide at least 800 sq.ft. of horsekeeping area for the first horse. • For each additional horse, you must have at least 300 sq.ft. of additional horsekeeping area • The horsekeeping area (including barns, stables, corrals, etc.) must be at least 35’ away from any onsite and offsite dwelling unit.
Please contact the Planning Department for more information.
What are the construction hours in the City?
Construction work is permitted Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Construction is prohibited on Sundays and the following major holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. See Municipal Code for further information.
What type of roofing material is permissible?
The roof material must be Class “A” fire rated and compatible with other roofing found in your neighborhood. Treated wood shingles are not permitted in the City.
What types of improvements require Planning Commission review and approval?
Minor additions and/or remodels that comply with the City’s municipal code are generally approved over-the-counter. Some modest additions and/or remodels that comply with the City’s municipal code can be reviewed and approved by the Planning Director with appeal to the Planning Commission possible. Large additions and improvements involving Minor Deviations, Variances, Conditional Use Permits, Special Use Permits, etc. require Planning Commission review and approval. You can download the necessary planning application forms by clicking here. For more information, please contact the Planning Department.