What Business Licenses & Permits are Needed in Massachusetts?
Starting a in will mean potentially registering with a number of federal, state, and local agencies. Let’s take a look at common licenses and permits a will register for in .
Before applying for any licenses, the general , , and (LLC). Corporations and LLCs will register with the of the Commonwealth. will need to be established. Learn more about the differences between the ,
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Learn more about forming an LLC in Massachusetts
There is no general state of , however, many cities require businesses to be licensed in order to operate. Rules for registration vary depending on location and what the does. Below are a few cities that have .
Boston – All businesses need to apply for a with the Boston . This needs renewed every four years.
The filing fee for a Boston is $65.
Worcester – The of Worcester requires a for any operating within the limits. The for the is $50.
Springfield – All businesses operating in Springfield’s limits need to register with the Springfield for a . The cost of a is $50 and is good for four years from the date of .
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Building & Zoning Permits
Zoning – Depending on the location of the , it’s important to verify whether the needs an occupancy or has specific zoning regulations to follow. Depending on requirements, home-based businesses may need to apply for a home occupation .
Building – A building may be needed from the or county building and planning department if there is any construction or renovations to a facility.
Signage – Some municipalities require a before adding signage.
Sales Vendor Registration
Businesses selling products and some services will need to register for a Sales with the Department of Revenue.
Small businesses purchasing merchandise to resell will usually want to obtain a Resale in order to not pay sales for merchandise that is being resold to customers.
A variety of occupations in the state are regulated and need to be registered before offering certain services. A few common professions that require licensing in include; plumbers, cosmetologists, electricians, home inspectors, and many more. Additional , fees, and for professions are available from the Division of Professional Licensure.
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Many businesses will register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for an EIN (also referred to as a FEIN, Federal Employer Identification Number, or Federal ID Number). The EIN is the equivalent for a Social Security Number for an individual. Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and Sole Proprietorships with employees will all need to register for one. Sole Proprietorships without employees can use the owner’s Social Security Number.
There is no cost for an EIN, and it only takes a few minutes to get.
DoingAs (DBA) Registration
While not a , it’s common for Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships operating under a name that is different from the full name of the owner(s) to register for a with the in the county where the is located.
These are some of the most common licenses, but there are far too many licenses and permits for us to keep track of. Before starting your , be sure to check with Hall, County , Chamber of Commerce, and/or Economic Developer in your area to get more regarding licensing.