Doing Business in Angels

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Angels Camp Trade Area
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If you are looking for a business location that has the largest regional customer draw, Angels Camp is it. Angels Camp—located at the crossroads of Highways 4 and 49—is centered in Calaveras County with Tuolumne County to the south and Amador County to the north. This 3-county potential customer base includes 140,000 residents, second-home owners and several million visitors that pass through the central Sierra region each year. Angels Camp represents OPPORTUNITY for our local and new businesses. In a December 2010 Retail Assessment Study conducted by Buxton Company, one of the nation’s leading consumer analytic firms, using a “drive time” trade area of 18 minutes, the study determined Angels Camp’s Trade Area demand of $385 million with local supply of $251 million, leaving leakage (demand being met outside the trade area) of $133.5 million. That’s Opportunity. In addition, visitors’ direct spending in the Trade Area in 2010 added another $150.5 million to the economy.


Starting a Business in Angels

We are pleased that you are considering Angels Camp as the location for your business. We appreciate the importance of our local business community and the benefits that successful growing businesses bring to our community. We are here to help and offer services and programs to assist in the growth and success of your business.

The following information is provided to assist you through the process of establishing or expanding your business in Angels Camp. At any time throughout this process, feel free to contact the Director of Planning and Development at (209) 736-1346 or for answers to your questions.

One of the basic steps in starting your new business is to review applicable City, County, State and Federal regulations and obtain any necessary licenses or permits. The following lists some of the requirements at each level of government. It is a general guide and should not be considered an all-inclusive checklist. Requirements vary depending on the type, size, location, etc., of the business.


 Economic Development

In the Past…

Angels Camp began in 1848 as a gold mining camp and quickly developed into a significant gold mining town, a position it kept until World War II when the gold industry shut down. Mining and timber played a significant role until the 1980s. Property and construction became leading employers from the 1980s until the collapse of the building industry in 2006-2007. Throughout this period retail sales have been the number one employment opportunity in Angels Camp. Since the mid-20th century, tourism has grown steadily due to Angels Camp’s location at the intersection of highways 4 and 49 and as a base camp for the vast recreation opportunities of the Sierra Nevada.

Angels Camp was incorporated as the City of Angels in 1912 — the only incorporated city in Calaveras County — and is seen today, and in the County’s General Plan, as the commercial hub of the County.

Moving Forward…

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Heritage Oaks Retail Commercial Site Map
  • National department store chain
  • Sports equipment & clothing
  • Specialty clothing & shoes
  • Boutique sports offerings
  • Office supplies
  • Gourmet cooking & equipment
  • Game shop
  • Craft & hobby
  • Household furnishings & gifts
  • Brew pub & sports bar
  • Restaurants & specialty dining
  • Additional hotel accommodations