After youve registered
your company (as a DBA, Corporation
or LLC), one of the next steps is
to get your company a local business license (if required).
NOTE: View our business startup
checklist for more information on the steps required
to start a business.
If you intend to operate a business from your home
or an office, then more than likely a local business
license will be required. The purpose of a local
business license is to authorize your company to do
business in your particular city or county.
If you are not really operating a business and are
simply using your corporation or LLC to hold assets,
property, etc., or are keeping it "on the shelf",
then a local business license will more than likely
not be required. Contact your local business
licensing office for clarification.
Business licenses are typically issued at the
City level from your City Hall. If your intended
place of business is not within city limits, then your
business license will be issued by the County.
Getting a local business license can be a complicated
task. There are over 19,000 separate licensing
jurisdictions in the United States alone and each has
its own particular licensing requirements. Not to mention
the hours spent on the phone chasing down the right
department, getting the right forms, etc.
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