There is no pattern to the fees charged to retail merchants by Orange County's various communities. Some are based on gross receipts, some on the number of employees, some on other considerations. Indeed, some cities have not established such fees. Here's a city-by-city look at what cities in the county charge:
City Fees Anaheim * Based on estimated or gross receipts Brea $30 for first $50,000 in gross receipts; adjusted upward thereafter Buena Park $37 for up to $25,000 gross receipts; adjusted upward thereafter Costa Mesa $60 for first $200,000 in gross receipts; adjusted upward thereafter Cypress 26 cents per thousand dollars in gross receipts ($25 minimum) Dana Point No fee Fountain Valley $74 for up to 10 employees; adjusted upward for more than 10 Fullerton $27 for first year; renewal based on gross receipts Garden Grove $30 base fee plus $3 per employee Huntington Beach $45 base fee plus $3.75 per employee Irvine $50 for up to 4 employees; $3 per employee for more than 4 Laguna Beach * Based on estimated or gross receipts La Habra $35 base fee plus 25 cents per thousand dollars in gross receipts La Palma $45 for first year; renewal based on gross receipts Los Alamitos $75 for up to 3 employees; adjusted upward for more than 3 Mission Viejo No fee Newport Beach $45 base fee plus 30 cents for every thousand dollars over $150,000 in gross receipts; or $75 flat fee Orange $35 base fee plus $37.50 one-time processing fee Placentia For first year, $28 on first $10,000 of gross receipts, then adjusted upward; thereafter based on gross receipts San Clemente * Based on estimated or gross receipts San Juan Capistrano $25 base fee; $40 processing fee; $5 per employee. Maximum: $165 Santa Ana $50 occupancy inspection fee; $16 processing fee (plus first-year $212 refundable deposit) Seal Beach $100 Stanton No fee Tustin Based on estimated or gross receipts ($25 minimum, $100 maximum) Villa Park $50 for the first year; based on gross receipts thereafter Westminster $50 Yorba Linda $25 for the first year; based on gross receipts thereafter
* Fee for first year based on estimated gross receipts; thereafter based on actual gross receipts.
Source: Individual cities