Small Business Licenses, Permits and Regulations

State-by-State Small Business Registration Information

The process of starting a small business involves a number of steps, one of which is registering your business and acquiring the necessary licenses and permits.

Most small businesses in the U.S. must register in their local counties, then follow the licensing restrictions set by the state, depending on the type of business being registered. Each state has its own website that outlines the requirements for business registration and provides resources that will help business owners in each state.

Licenses, Permits, and Regulations for Your Small Business

The list below includes links to state pages on the Small Business Administration (SBA) website. The SBA has compiled state-by-state information on small business registration, license and permit information. We have also included links to each state's small business division that provides the most accurate and up-to-date small business information for each state, including details on starting and growing a small business.

A State-By-State Listing

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

    Colorado

    Connecticut

    Delaware

    District of Columbia

    Florida

    Georgia

    Hawaii

    Idaho

    Illinois

    Indiana

    Iowa

    Kansas

    Kentucky

    Louisiana

    Maine

    Maryland

    Massachusetts

    Michigan

    Minnesota

    Mississippi

    Missouri

    Montana

    Nebraska

    Nevada

    New Hampshire

    New Jersey

    New Mexico

    New York

    North Carolina

    North Dakota

    Ohio

    Oklahoma

    Oregon

    Pennsylvania

    Rhode Island

    South Carolina

    South Dakota

    Tennessee

    Texas

    Utah

    Vermont

    Virginia

    Washington

    West Virginia

    Wisconsin

    Wyoming

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