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Group Home Business License

On January 23, 2007, the Lancaster City Council adopted Ordinance No. 870 establishing the procedures for review and issuance of group home business licenses. The intent of the ordinance is to reasonably regulate the use of dwellings in residential zones for use as Group Homes for disabled persons. The City finds that the residents of Group Homes and the community need to be assured that the Group Homes are placed and operated in a manner consistent with the goal of providing a family environment or the fundamental equivalent thereof while at the same time protecting the health, safety and welfare of the residents and the community and to assure the limitation of the negative impacts that such uses may have on traffic, congestion, noise, children and family values.

No Group Home shall operate within the City without a valid Group Home Business License. There are no exceptions from the licensing requirement.

SB1186 - On and after January 1, 2013, each city, county, or city and county shall provide to an applicant for a business license or equivalent instrument or permit and to an applicant for the renewal of the business license or equivalent instrument or permit, the following information:
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.  You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:  The Division of the State Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx; The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov; The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov 

For additional information regarding the Group Home Business License, please click on the applicable link below:

Group Home Business License Application 
Group Home Business License Fee Schedule 
Ordinance No. 870 – Group Homes (see Ordinance No. 874 that amends Ordinance No. 870)
Ordinance No. 874 - Group Homes (amends Ordinance No. 870)

For additional information regarding the Group Home inspection process, please contact:

City of Lancaster
Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Department
44933 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534-2461
(661) 723-6121

For additional information regarding the Group Home Business License, please contact:

City of Lancaster
Finance - Business License Department
44933 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534-2461
(661) 723-6237

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