Apply for Business Licenses In Montana

(Last Updated On: January 10, 2018)

Not sure how to register a business or what business licenses are needed in Montana?  While there is no general state business license in Montana, a business may need to register with the Department of Labor & Industry in addition to a variety licenses and regulations from local municipalities.

Below is a brief overview of licenses for a business in Montana.


A variety of professionals in the state are regulated and need to register such as barbers, cosmetologists, massage therapists, landscape architects and many more.  Additional information, fees and licensing requirements for professions are available from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

In addition to professional licenses, businesses in a variety of industries such as food establishmentsday caressalvage yards and many others require licensing.


All incorporated construction contractors and construction contractors with employees must register with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry.

All independent contractors must also register with Montana Department of Labor & Industry.


Almost every Montana community (both at the town/city and/or county level) have some sort of licensing/registration or rules and regulations that businesses need to be aware of.  Some require a general business license while others have requirements for certain professions, zoning, building/ building improvements, signage requirements, etc.

You will want to make sure that your business meets the requirements before opening the doors instead of having a visit to shut down operations until you are in compliance.   Don’t be intimidated in working with your local governments as they have an interest in new businesses opening in the community and they are there to help you do so, but certain laws and regulations must be followed.

For example, any person or company conducting business in the City of Billings must obtain a business license.  More information for obtaining a business license in Billings, click here.

Be sure to contact your city/town’s City Hall, Economic Developer or Mayor to say you are planning to start a business and need to find out what is needed to register.