Starting a business is a dream come true for many entrepreneurs. That dream can turn into a nightmare if small business owners do not acquire the right. If you are a small business owner wondering which licenses you need to launch your business, here are four of the most common:

1. Business Operating

License Without this license, the owner cannot operate his business legally. What it takes to get this license varies per location, so check with your local government to determine what you need. You may also need to reach out to county officials, as well. Moreover, you will need a state license, so add that to your list.

2. Building and Zoning Permits

You will need the proper building and zoning permits to open your business. Be prepared. This list can get long. If you plan to construct your own building, you will need the right building permits. If you are purchasing a property or storefront and want to renovate it, you will need the appropriate permits, as well. That is if the place you want to launch your business is zoned properly. Maybe the perfect spot for your store is in a residential area. Chances are it won’t be zoned for your business.

3. Health Licenses

It is time to think about the health and safety of your workers. Work closely with the local health and fire departments to determine what you need. The health department will inspect your business to ensure the public’s safety, especially if you sell food or operate a gym. The fire department will want to make sure your building is equipped with the proper firefighting tools, like a sprinkler system and fire extinguishers.

4. Environmental Licenses

You will also need to prove that your business isn’t harming the environment in some way. This includes waste disposal and how you ensure your business isn’t polluting the air or contaminating local water sources. As scientists learn more about the effects of pollutants, the stricter these rules will become. Make sure you are up to code well before you open your doors. Of all the small business licenses you seek, adhering to these rules may be the toughest.

Small business owners may be required to get other licenses as well. Work with your local government to make sure you have all the documents required to operate smoothly and without interruption. Remember, they want you to be successful, so they are happy to work with you. Your success is the business district’s success.

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