I need a license to operate my business in New York?
Whether your business needs a license depends on
the type of business you are running. For example,
all businesses that are involved in the sale of goods
will need to get a certificate of authority to collect
sales tax. Certain occupations must also be licensed
by the state, and depending on the services offered,
your business may need more than one license. New
York has an Online Permit Assistance and Licensing
system that can tell you what state licenses your
business may need.
THE Link TO YOUR CITY BELOW TO APPLY FOR A BUSinESS
Are there other state requirements that my
business must meet?
All businesses need to register with the state before
they can begin to conduct business in New York. If
your business is a corporation or a limited liability
company, then you must file your registration with
the New York Department of State. If you are operating
your business as a sole proprietor or it is a partnership,
then you must register with the county clerk in the
county where your business is located.
In addition to registration, all businesses must
meet state tax requirements. Your business tax liabilities
will depend on the nature of your business and the
services offered. If you have employees, you will
also need to register with the New York Department
of Labor for unemployment insurance and purchase workers'
compensation insurance as required by state law.
Are there local licensing requirements?
Many cities and municipalities in New York require
businesses to register and obtain business licenses
in order to operate in their city. However, licensing
requirements differ depending on the location. For
example, the New York City Department of Consumer
Affairs requires licenses for fifty-five different
occupational categories while Buffalo only licenses
eighteen. Some cities also require businesses that
operate out of home offices to obtain home occupation
permits. You should always check with your local city
government to find out the specific business licensing
requirements in your area.
What information will I need to provide on
my business license application?
The information requested will depend on the type
of license you are applying for. However, most applications
request at least the following:
- Business name
- Business address and contact information
- The names of the owners or officers of the business
- Owner's address and contact information
- Number of employees
- Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) available
from the IRS or the owner's social security number
For local business permits, you may also need to
provide proof of identification and documentation
that shows you have met all other state and city business
Apply for a business
license now by visiting your city's website using
the links above.
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