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

    • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits

    Florida

    Georgia

    Hawaii

    Idaho

    Illinois

    Indiana

    • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits

    Iowa

    Kansas

    Kentucky

    Louisiana

    • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits
    • Louisiana Secretary of State Commercial Division

    Maine

    Maryland

    • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits

    Massachusetts

    Michigan

    Minnesota

    • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits

    Mississippi

    • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits
    • State of Mississippi - Secretary of State - Business Services

    Missouri

    Montana

    Nebraska

    Nevada

    New Hampshire

    New Jersey

    New Mexico

    New York

      North Carolina

      North Dakota

      Ohio

      Oklahoma

      Oregon

      • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits

      Pennsylvania

      • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits
      • Pennsylvania Open for Business

      Rhode Island

      South Carolina

      South Dakota

      Tennessee

      Texas

      Utah

      Vermont

      Virginia

      Washington

      West Virginia

      Wisconsin

      • SBA - Business Licenses and Permits
      • State of Wisconsin Business Services

      Wyoming