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When you’re starting a business there’s so much to know, it can be overwhelming. Let us take some of the complexity out of the startup process by answering the top FAQs entrepreneurs have about small business licenses and permits.

Is a business license the same as a permit?

Although most businesses likely need various licenses and permits to operate legally, a business license and a permit are different. A business license from the city in which your company operates, confirms your business has complied with the city’s rules and regulations for legal operation.

Other business licenses refer to the specialty or profession of the owner and staff, for example, accountants, doctors, attorneys, and certain trade businesses such as electricians. Then, there are also licenses granted by various federal government agencies.

Permits, on the other hand, usually imply the business has passed an inspection or test of some sort, such as health or zoning.

How do you obtain a business license?

Start by contacting the business development office or business licensing office in the city where your company is located. You can most likely also find the information on the city’s website. Applications and requirements vary by location, but you can be expected to provide the following information on the application:

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