Does South Dakota have a general business license?
There is no general business license in South Dakota.
However, before you begin to operate your business,
you will need to obtain a State of South Dakota Tax
License issued by the Department of Revenue and Regulations.
There are also other specialty licensing, tax and
permit requirements that may also be needed. Each
business usually needs to obtain one or more licenses
through the state, local county and/or city government.
All permits and license requirements vary by your
location and industry.
THE LINK TO YOUR CITY BELOW TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS
Do I need a specialty license?
The state of South Dakota requires specialty licenses
for many kinds of professions, such as contractors,
dentists, accountants. Most state specialty licenses
not only require payments of fees, but are only issued
for a given profession that has met all its experience
and testing requirements. You can find out which types
of specialty license you need by visiting the Department
of Revenue and Regulations website or by calling the
Department of Revenue and Regulations in South Dakota
Is there a separate local county or city
Some South Dakota businesses may need a separate
local business license or business permit. It is
important to contact your local county or city to
find out its specific requirements that need to be
met before operating. Business may also need to contact
the local Zoning Departments to obtain the necessary
permits to operate business within the local city
or county limits.
What type of questions can I expect on a
Depending on the type of business, you may find the
following questions on the application:
• Name of business
• Date business will begin
• Names and addresses of owner(s)
• Information about employees
• State Tax Identification Number (EIN) or Social
• Address of business
• Type of business (entity)
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