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Can I conduct a business out of my home?
Where do I get a fictitious business name?
Are there specific types of trees that are protected from removal?
Where can I research a patent?
Where do I get a permit to advertise with handbills, leaflets, or door-to-door solicitation?
Where do I get a Federal Tax Identification Number?
Where do I get a license to sell alcoholic beverages?
Where do I get a fictitious business name?
Where do I apply for a business license?
Is it a code violation to have a home business?
Are there specific days and times that construction can occur?
Is there a weed abatement program in Cupertino?
Is there an ordinance that regulates barking dogs?
Where do I get a license for my dog or cat?
Who do I contact for zoning and planning information?
Where can I get approval for a sign for my business?
Where can I get a permit to sell food?
Where can I get a resale tax number?
Who is responsible for the control and eradication of vermin (rodents)?
Is it a code violation to have a rooster as a pet in a residential area?
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Q: Can I conduct a business out of my home?
A:
Home-based businesses are permitted in some zones of the city. Please contact the City of Cupertino Community Development Department, 408.777.3308, for detailed information.
Q: Where do I get a fictitious business name?
A:
For fictitious business name, contact the Santa Clara County Clerk's Office at 70 W. Hedding Street, Room 103, San Jose, or call 408.299.2968.
Q: Are there specific types of trees that are protected from removal?
A:
Yes, there is a tree protection code that regulates the removal and pruning of various types of trees.  Generally, these trees are considered heritage and/or specimen oak trees; however, there are other trees that are also protected.  It is recommended that prior to removal or pruning, you contact the Planning Division at .408.777.3308, to inquire on the particular tree and circumstances concerning the removal or maintenance of the tree.
Q: Where can I research a patent?
A:
Visit the Patent Library located at 665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, 408.730.7300 to research a patent.
Q: Where do I get a permit to advertise with handbills, leaflets, or door-to-door solicitation?
A:
Contact City of Cupertino, Code Enforcement Office, 10300 Torre Avenue,  or call 408.777.3182 to get a permit to advertise with handbills, leaflets, or door-to-door solicitation.
Q: Where do I get a Federal Tax Identification Number?
A:
Call the Internal Revenue Service at 800.829.1040 to get your Federal Tax Identification Number.
Q: Where do I get a license to sell alcoholic beverages?
A:
Call the Alcohol Beverage Control, 100 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, 408.277.1200 to get license to sell alcoholic beverages.
Q: Where do I get a fictitious business name?
A:
Contact the Santa Clara County Clerk's Office, 70 W. Hedding Street, Room 103, San Jose at 408.299.2968 for fictitious business name.
Q: Where do I apply for a business license?
A:
Contact the City of Cupertino Finance Department at 408.777.3221. You may also download a business license application by going to Resources for Business section or you may also apply online by filling up online business application.
Q: Is it a code violation to have a home business?
A:
No, in most cases home occupations are permitted.  Home occupations are regulated by the municipal code and are subject to the securing of a business license.  Generally, home occupations are permitted if they do not have an impact on the neighborhood by means of excessive noise, traffic, visual blight, etc.
Q: Are there specific days and times that construction can occur?
A:

Yes, construction generally can occur during the following days and times:

Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Weekends between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Holidays, prohibited unless conducted by the homeowner between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The exception to the above is as follows:

Demolition, grading, street construction, and underground utility work, may not be conducted during nighttime periods and on weekends and holidays within 750 ft. of a residential area.

Q: Is there a weed abatement program in Cupertino?
A:
Yes, the Santa Clara County Fire Department administers the weed abatement program within the City of Cupertino.  If the weeds or dead vegetation are not declared a fire hazard by the fire department, the complaint may be forwarded to the Cupertino Code Enforcement Division, for further review and possible remedy under the property maintenance code. Contact them at 408.282.3145.
Q: Is there an ordinance that regulates barking dogs?
A:
Yes, the City of Cupertino has an ordinance that makes it unlawful and a nuisance to keep or maintain any animal, which by sound or cry, habitually disturbs the peace and quiet of any neighborhood.
Q: Where do I get a license for my dog or cat?
A:

From July 1, 2004 City of San Jose will be providing animal shelter, field, and licensing services for Cupertino residents.

Your pet's license will remain in effect and upon expiration, the City of San Jose will issue renewals. Please contact them directly for your animal service needs at 408.578.PAWS, or 408.501.2130.

Q: Who do I contact for zoning and planning information?
A:
Visit the City of Cupertino, Planning Department at 10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino or call 408.777.3308.
Q: Where can I get approval for a sign for my business?
A:
Contact City of Cupertino, Planning Department at 408.777.3308 to get approval for a sign for your business.
Q: Where can I get a permit to sell food?
A:
Contact Santa Clara County Health Department, 1555 Berger Dr. Bldg 2, 3rd Fl, San Jose 95112 at 408.918.3400 to get a permit to sell food.
Q: Where can I get a resale tax number?
A:
If you are selling any type of product, you must obtain a sales tax ID number which is issued by the State Board of Equalization located at 250 S. 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95113-2706, 408.277.1231.
Q: Who is responsible for the control and eradication of vermin (rodents)?
A:
The Santa Clara County Health Department, Vector Control Division is the agency that is responsible for investigating situations involving rodents and other vermin within Cupertino. Contact them at 408.918.4770 or 800.675.1158.
Q: Is it a code violation to have a rooster as a pet in a residential area?
A:
No, however the noise generated by the rooster is subject to the same code that regulates barking dogs.
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