Do I need a business license to operate in
Whether your business is operating as a partnership,
corporation, or a proprietorship, all businesses are
subject to different types of legal and tax requirements.
There is no general state business license in North
Dakota, but there are several types of specialty licenses
required by the state. Each city or county may
have its own business licensing requirements.
THE LINKS TO YOUR CITY BELOW TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS
Who issues the licenses?
In North Dakota, you first need to find out where
you need to obtain your license. Generally, there
are three different places to be licensed. However,
most likely your business will fall under one of these:
1. Licensing obtained by the state. These would include
things like: notary public, charitable solicitation
services, contractors, professional fundraisers (you
would also need to register your business with the
Secretary of State if you are a business entity, like
a corporation or LLC).
2. Licensing obtained by the Attorney General. These
would include tobacco, amusement games, and alcoholic
3. Other directories and licensing information. If
your business doesn’t fall under other licensing, visit http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ccv/ to find information on over a hundred different specialties
with related licenses needed to operate (i.e., barbershop,
4. By visiting the state website at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/ced/publications/ec752/businesses.htm
you will find a list of hundreds of types of businesses
with the associated licensing requirements.
Will I need a city or county business license?
Most cities in North Dakota do not require or have
a city license for most businesses. However, there
are a few that do need additional permits or forms
through the city. Please contact your local city or
county in which you operate to find out if you are
required additional forms/permits.
What other city or county required licensing
There are separate applications and requirements
for the following businesses (but not limited to):
Automotive services stations
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