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Municipal permits to open a business

The Municipal permits They are essential when you want to start any type of business, because you must request licenses and permits for which you will fill out several forms that if you fill them out correctly will approve your application and you can open your business.

To do this, below you will find all the information you are looking for, in order to open the business in compliance with the law that governs your jurisdiction.

Types of municipal permits to open a business

State permits: Among the Municipal permits What you may need are the state ones, depending on the state where you open your business, since there are different regulations on the activities and industries that require them.

Each state has a type of regulation for industry or commercial activity such as the logging industry and commercial fishing requires oversight with state inspectors.

For this reason it is necessary that you contact the business development office of the state in question so they can inform you.

You can search online for the list of offices at and you will also ask about the need for you to obtain a sales tax license if your business qualifies for it.

Municipal permit: Municipal permits are necessary when your business is dedicated to selling, such as if your idea is to establish a traveling business selling hot dogs on the street.

In these cases, the municipal government issues the license for the occupation of commercial spaces, which you will manage at the local fire inspection office.

Federal permit: You will only need a federal permit if your business activity requires federal agency oversight such as a trucking business or public transportation in which case it is granted by the Motor Transportation Safety Administration.

You will also need it if you are in an investment business, but then the permit will be granted by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In the event that you dedicate yourself to the preparation of meat products, it will be awarded by the Food and Drug Administration.

If you sell alcohol, tobacco or firearms, it will be granted by the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that corresponds to the United States Department of the Treasury.

Even if you qualify for the sales license, you will still get a tax license from the city treasurer.

County permit: Your county or parish government may require a license that will be specific to the area where your business is located.

Well, they are licenses that have to do with the use of land, zoning and commercial access to residential areas, sewerage and water.

If you plan to sell alcoholic beverages, licenses are issued by the county government, then you will need to contact the county office in question or the parish office.

The county health department is the entity in charge of issuing permits for the sale of prepared foods, as your business will require public health inspections.

Tips on permits: When you obtain your licenses, remember to publish them, that is, they must be viewed, since viewing and monitoring the expiration date of each of them is a requirement.

If you do not pay attention to these requirements about the Municipal permits You can receive sanctions and fines in the event that your licenses have expired.

It is even important that you have a copy of all permit applications with you as well as a copy of the licenses.

Each of the licenses and permits that you need, have as a principle the identification of your business and in addition to that, you, as the business owner, identify yourself as the person responsible for the protection of health and public safety.

Municipal taxes and permits

The tax record includes the application for the employer identification number (EIN), for which you must fill out the form SS-4, which you can get for free at

Well, whether you form an LLC (limited liability company, a corporation, a partnership or a sole proprietorship, as long as you hire a single employee, you must apply for the EIN.

Although if you form a sole proprietorship without employees the IRS will not grant you the EIN because instead of this EIN number you can use the social security number.

Corporate taxes: If you have chosen to establish your company as an S corporation, you will file form 2553, which is also available on the official website of

Environmental regulations: Depending on the type of business you open, you may require environmental regulations, since you could have bought a property on a contaminated land and then you need a license to dispose of toxic products.

Securities laws: Securities laws are responsible for protecting investors, who are not active workers of the business, therefore if your business has investors, the company must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

However, because there are securities exemptions, it is possible that a small corporation may bypass this registration process.

Well, depending on the capacity of your business to generate income, you can omit this record, since it is required for businesses with an important profit activity.