Applying for a business license. Some fields of work as well as areas require you to get a license to operate.
Several counties or states or cities may require you to get a license before you are allowed to operate in the city limits. You can contact the city’s business license department to find out if you need to get a license before you start your business. There are few departments and issues that come into consideration when a person starting a business. For example, when you file your application for the business license, the city planning or zoning department will make sure that your area is zoned for the business purpose and field of your business. For example, if your business case requires incoming and outgoing of a lot of people including employees and customers, the city planning commission will ensure that there is enough parking space. Usually if you start a business in an area which houses several businesses or start an office in a building which has housed similar businesses in the past, you’re likely to get a business license.
You cannot operate in an area that does not allow for your kind of business to start or in other words an area that is not zoned for your type of business. In this case you will need to get a variance or conditional use permit. You need to present your queries before the planning commission in your city and as long as the planning commission can establish that your business will not interfere with the normal day-to-day life, convenience and setup of the neighborhood, you’ll get your license. Business licenses are not very difficult to get unless they stand to disrupt or cause discomfiture and inconvenience in the neighborhood.
You should especially be careful about investigating zoning ordinances and regulations if you plan to start a business at home.
While a home-based business can go under the radar for some time, residents may create and raise an objection in the future just when your business is beginning to do well. The reason is that residential areas usually have stripped some regulation is preventing the use of home for running a business. Even so it might be possible to get a conditional use permit for your home-based business.
You can find out which licenses and permits are required for your business by calling the state in and local government office in the area where going to operate. Ask them to send you information and any forms that may be required to start.