types of licensing are available through the state of
The state of Texas does not have a "general" business
license. The state does have regulatory agencies, however,
that have permits and licensing requirements. The
licensing is determined by the type of business or
products of services sold. Contact your local county
or city government offices to find out which licensing
is needed or if there are other permits or additional
requirements needed to operate your business.
What types of occupational licensing are
There are over 250 professional, occupational and
facility business licenses available in Texas that
are obtained from the State. To find out which specialty
license you may need, you can visit the State of Texas's
website. There you can search for business licenses
and permits by an alphabetical listing of different
agencies. Each agency has different requirements that must
be met before you start operating your business.
Do I need a local or county business license?
Most cities in Texas do not have a local business
license. There might be other permits or zoning requirements
to do business within the city limits (such as taxi
cab driver, food service, etc.). Contact your city
by visiting them online, in person, or by phone to
determine what is needed.
CLICK THE LINK TO YOUR CITY BELOW TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE
What information is needed to get licensed?
You must first register your chosen business name
through your County Clerk's office. Also, depending
on your business entity (corporation, sole proprietor,
LLC, etc.), you may need to apply for a Federal Tax
Identification Number or use your own Social Security
Is there a fee for applying?
The fees vary depending on the type of business
and the permits required.
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