What Business Licenses & Permits are Needed in Nebraska?
Starting a in Nebraska 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 Nebraska.
Before applying for any licenses, the will need to be established. Learn more about the differences between the , general partnership, , and (LLC).
Related: Comparison of Entities
Learn more about forming an LLC in Nebraska
Also see: Steps to starting a business in Nebraska
There is no general state of . Many cities will require businesses to be licensed in order to operate. Rules for vary depending on location and what the does.
Omaha doesn’t have a general ; however, some occupations are licensed, such as contractors, electricians, plumbers, and mechanical, in addition to businesses selling liquor or fireworks. There may also be zoning requirements for businesses operating out of commercial locations. More information about requirements is available from the Omaha City Clerk.
Lincoln – Certain types of businesses are required to get , licenses in Lincoln including; contractors, food handlers, locksmiths, plumbers, and more.
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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 city requirements, home-based businesses may need to apply for a home occupation .
Building – A building may be needed from the city or county building and planning department if there is any construction or renovations to a facility.
Signage – Some municipalities require a before adding signage.
Nebraska Identification Number
All businesses will need to register for a Nebraska Identification Number with the . This is a combined to apply for things like corporate income , , , and other miscellaneous taxes. of Revenue by completing the
Retailers purchasing merchandise to resell will usually want to obtain a Nebraska Resale (sometimes called a pay for merchandise that is being resold to customers.) in order to not
A variety of occupations in the state are regulated and need to be registered before offering certain services. A few common professions that require in Nebraska include; food establishments, architects, acupuncturists, barbers, contractors, childcare facilities, and many more.
All contractors and subcontractors doing in Nebraska to register with the of Labor. Electricians will need to obtain separate and plumbers are licenses at the local level.
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 ). 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.
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 Trade Name (also known as a Doing As or DBA) with the of State, Services Division.
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 City Hall, County Clerk, Chamber of Commerce, and/or Economic Developer in your area to get more information regarding .