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I own a franchise in City A, in California. My corporate address is in City B, not adjacent, where I reside. I have a brick and mortar presence in City A so I also have a business license in that city. As there are few other franchisees (with my company) nearby, I also provide goods and services in City B, C, D and half a dozen others. My business primarily provides goods and services inside the homes of my clients, though all invoicing and banking is performed in City A.
A year or so ago I bought a failing branch territory in City C, which is adjacent to City A (Both territories are now owned by the same corporate identity--which my wife and I own all the shares to). I have always done biz in City C and continue to do so--it makes up about 8% of my total business. A part of the biz I bought was a one-year lease for a second existing brick and mortar branch office, in City C, so again, I bought a business license in City C.
After a year, we are streamlining the business, will let the City C lease expire and go back to servicing City C clients solely from our City A locale. You can guess the question; do I need to continue to pay for a license in City C? I have had this conversation with both lawyers and with city governments before; for instance when I was a real estate agent (I am no more); the cities wanted licensure if even a single transaction occurred in the home or business of one of its residents; RE lawyers advised that unless there was brick and mortar presence, or the city was the "primary source and location" of the goods and services, only a single license was/is required.
In this case the difference is, I already have a license I wish to let expire, and City C only offers (on their website), "Renew License," or "Close Business." Neither fits the situation. I believe if I just let the license expire, they'll be all over me for late fees and so on. What should I do?
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