Prospective Businesses

Fountain Valley is centrally located in Orange County adjacent to vibrant, populated cities, such as Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana. The market you would reach as a business would include these cities as well, making your earning potential and success as a business that much better.

Quick Facts
  • Residents of Fountain Valley boast a higher than the state average median income at $81,000 versus California‚Äôs state median at $57,287.
  • The city is in close proximity to the major Interstates as well as to the John Wayne International Airport and major ports in Long Beach and San Pedro. Visibility off of the I-405 is strong in both directions as well.
  • 3 of the strongest categories of spending for Fountain Valley residents are entertainment, food away from home, and total apparel.
  • Fountain Valley has opportunities to capture even more of the retail market in the area. According to a study done in 2010, there are unmet demands in the area , with retail gaps in the areas of retail merchandise/home centers/department stores, home good/home repair, and grocery.
Community Resources
Prospective business owners of Fountain Valley can find information in this Businesses section of the website on the characteristics as well as the requirements of the city. For economic and social information about the city view our pages on demographics and economic profile and visit the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce website.

You may also want to view the Zoning Map (PDF) and Title 21 of the Municipal Code to find out which businesses are permitted to operate in which areas of the city.

The city also provides a Location Assistance Service to assist you with quickly finding the right location for your business.

First Step Recommendation
We highly encourage any prospective business owner to contact a city staff member prior signing any leases or opening any business. Planning Department staff can be reached at 714-593-4425 and Business License staff can be reached at 714-593-4421.