Licenses and Permits
Trying to figure out the required licenses and permits required to operate your business can be one of the most confusing parts. It is something that I have personally spent a lot of time researching in the past. The SBA offers a tool to search for business licenses and permits.
You have to check for licenses on the federal and state level.
- Federal:Many businesses are involved in activities that are supervised by the federal governemnt. A brief list given by the SBA include: Agriculture; Alcoholic Beverages; Aviation; Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives; Fish and Wildlife; Commercial Fisheries; Maritime Transportation; Mining and Drilling; Nuclear Energy; Radio and Television Broadcasting; Transportation and Logistics.
- State:Almost every business requires stare licensing or permits. For a list in your state check your state's licenses and permits.