Business in Brea

Brea – small town charm, big city opportunities

Combine the vibrancy of the city with the comforts of the suburbs and you’ve got the best of both worlds in the City of Brea. Located in Northern Orange County, where California’s five most populous counties converge, and with per capita retail sales among the highest in the state, it’s no wonder that Brea is known as a quality business environment.

Here art, architecture, and amenities intersect in one livable, small city with a friendly neighborhood feel. Brea beautifully blends a lively local economy, responsive city services, exciting shopping and dining options, top-rated schools, quality housing, health and wellness facilities, and plenty of places to play.

Centrally located in the northeast corner of Orange County, Brea connects major transportation routes and employment centers across Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. From local retailers to multinational corporate headquarters, business thrives in Brea’s rich economic climate.

Home to 43,330 residents, with an average annual household income of $93,576, the City of Brea draws more than 100,000 people each day to work, shop, and be entertained.

Many businesses, including the entirety of Brea Downtown, offer free Wi-Fi access.

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Business Services

To provide support for business and to promote a thriving local economy, the City offers:

  • Streamlined permit processing
  • Elimination of overlapping fees
  • Business friendly staff
  • Business outreach programs

Brea’s Business-to-Business (B2B) Directory is a free, online platform exclusively for Brea businesses to network with

other local companies and share opportunities and resources. Visit the B2B Directory.

Contact the Economic Development Division at (714) 671–4421 to discuss opportunities in Brea for your business.

Please note, a business license is required to conduct any type of business in the city, including home occupation, temporary activities, and contractors temporarily working in the City. Rates vary according to type of business. To apply or renew a City of Brea Business License, please click here. For more information, please call (714) 990–7686.