Getting necessary licenses and permits:


If you are thinking about opening a business that requires a license or permit, hopefully you will have had enough experience in that business or profession to know the licensing and permit requirements.   Below is a chart of some of the more common types of businesses that require licenses or permits including links to more information about each.   The list does not include ever license or permit required.

If you operate a business or profession without a required license or permit the fines can be very large.   In addition you may not be able to sue for money owed to you if you do not hold the correct license.   For example, home improvement contractors in the city of New York are required to have a home Improvement License with the Department of Consumer Affairs.   Even if you get a contract without the permit, you cannot sue if the customer doesn't pay you if you do not have the a current license.   You could literaly do hundreds of thousands of dollars of work and not get paid a dime.   This happens all the time.   It is one of those areas in business where you most certainly do not want to skip corners.

In addition to the partial list below, you can call government agencies to check whether or not your business will need a license or permit.   In New York City, calling 311 should get the information that you need for any city required licenses or permits.   For State and Federal licenses and permits, check with the agency that covers the industry that you're looking to go into.

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Some Regulated Businesses.

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Business/Profession Agency License Check Info/Laws
Acupuncture NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Alteration/Remodeling/Renovation Sales NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Amusement Arcade NYC DCA. License Info/Laws
Apartment Information Vendor and Sharing Agent NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Architecture NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Armored Car Carrier/ Armored Car Guard NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Athlete Agent NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Athletic Training NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Auctioneer or Auction House NYC DCA. License Info/Laws
Audiology NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Bail Enforcement Agent NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Barbers NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Bedding NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Bingo Game Operator NYC DCA. License Info/Laws
Booting Company. NYC DCA. License Info/Laws
Branch Store Discontinuance Sales NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Cabaret NYC DCA. License Info/Laws
Candy and Ice Cream NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Car/Truck/Boat/Snowmobile Dealers NYC DMV License Info/Laws
Catering Establishment NYC DCA. License Info/Laws
Central Dispatch Facility NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Certified Dental Assistants NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Certified Histological Technicians NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Certified Public Accountants NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Certified Shorthand Reporting NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Chiropractic NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Cigarette Retail Dealer NYC DCA. License Info/Laws
Clinical Laboratory Techs NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Coin Processor NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Commercial Lessor (Bingo/Games of Chance) NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Cosmetology (Appearance Enhancement) NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Creative Arts Therapists (Mental Health Practitioners) NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Creditors’ Committee Sales NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Cytotechnologists NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Debt Collection Agency NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Dental Anesthesia/Sedation NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Dental Hygienists NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Dentists NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Dietetics-Nutrition NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Disabled Products Dealer NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Document Destruction Contractor NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Electronic/Home Appliance Service Dealer NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Electronics Store NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Employment Agency NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Engineering NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Esthetics (Appearance Enhancement) NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Fire, Smoke, or Water Damage Sales NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Fruits, Vegetables, and Soft Drinks NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Games of Chance NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Gaming Café NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Garage NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Garage & Parking Lot NYC DCA License Info/Laws
General Vendor NYC DCA License Info/Laws
General Vendor Distributor NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Going Out of Business Sales NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Health Club Services NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Hearing Aid Dispenser NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Home Improvement Contractor/Salesperson NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Home Inspector NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Horse Drawn Cab Driver and Owner NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Interior Design NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Land Surveying NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Landscape Architecture NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Laundry NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Laundry Jobber NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Liquidation Sales NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Locksmith or Apprentice NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Loss of Lease Sales NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Marriage and Family Therapists (Mental Health Practitioners) NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Massage Therapy NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Medical Doctors NYS Dept. of Health License Info/Laws
Medical Physics NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Mental Health Counselors (Mental Health Practitioners) NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Midwives NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Motion Picture Projectionist NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Motor Vehicle Junk/Salvage Businesses NYC DMV License Info/Laws
Motor Vehicle Repair Shops NYC DMV License Info/Laws
Nail Specialty (Appearance Enhancement) NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Natural Hair Styling (Appearance Enhancement) NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Newsstands NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Notary Public NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Nurse Practitioners NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Occupational Therapy Assistants NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Occupational Therapists NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Ophthalmic Dispensing NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Optometry NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Pawnbroker NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Parking Lot NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Pedicab Business or Driver NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Pool or Billiard Room NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Process Server NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Pet Cemeteries NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Pharmacies NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Pharmacists NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Physical Therapists NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Physical Therapist Assistants NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Physician Assistants NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Physician Specialist Assistants NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Podiatry NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Private Investigator NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Psychoanalysts (Mental Health Practitioners) NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Psychology NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Public Accountants NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Real Estate Broker/Agent NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Registered Professional Nurses (RN> NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Respiratory Therapists NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Respiratory Therapy Technicians NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Scale Dealer/Repairer NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Scrap Metal Processor NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Secondhand Dealer Firearms NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Secondhand Dealer General NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Security or Fire Alarm Installer NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Security Guard NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Sidewalk Café NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Sightseeing Bus or Guide NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Speech-Language Pathology NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Storage Warehouse NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Stoop Line Stand NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Telemarketer Business NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Temporary Street Fair Vendors NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Ticket Reseller NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Tow Truck Company or Driver NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Used Car Dealers NYC DCA License Info/Laws
Vehicle Inspection Stations NYC DMV License Info/Laws
Veterinarian NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Veterinary Medicine NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Veterinary Technician NYS Dept. of Ed. License Info/Laws
Watch, Guard, or Patrol Agencies NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
Waxing (Appearance Enhancement) NYS Dept. of State License Info/Laws
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