New Hampshire require that I register my business?
Most businesses will need to register with the New
Hampshire Secretary of State in order to conduct business
or advertise in the state. The only exception is sole
proprietors that operate solely under their legal
name. The type of registration needed will depend
on the business form you choose, such as corporation,
limited liability company, limited partnership, etc.
Failing to register could affect your ability to get
the necessary business permits from other government
agencies in the future
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Are there state licensing requirements that
my business must meet?
Most business licensing is done at the local level
in New Hampshire so there is no one general business
license that all businesses must have in order to
operate in the state. However, New Hampshire does
require occupational licenses for certain professions
and trades. These licenses are necessary in order
to practice these professions in the state, but are
not the same as a license to conduct business. Many
of these occupations are still subject to local business
In addition to specific occupational licenses, some
businesses such as restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries,
hotels, and rental car companies must apply for a
business tax license from the state in order to collect
taxes on goods and services rendered.
What are the local licensing requirements?
Local licensing requirements differ by municipality,
and it is possible that your business may not need
a local business license. Generally, cities in New
Hampshire do not issue general business licenses,
but instead only require that certain types of businesses
be licensed depending on the type of goods and services
offered. However, what types of businesses require
a license depends on the city. For example, Manchester
and Nashua both require almost two dozen different
types of businesses be licensed, while Dover only
requires city business licenses for peddlers. The
cost of any local business license will depend on
the municipality where you are applying and the type
of license needed. Because of the varying differences
in city regulations, you should always check with
your local city government's business division to
find out if your business is meeting all licensing
At the county level, most New Hampshire counties
do not require additional licensing. However, your
business may need to register with the county in order
to pay the necessary business taxes.
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