my business be licensed or regulated?
The state of Wisconsin regulates many types of business
structures. This is determined by the business activities.
Some businesses may not need state licensing, but
many may still need local or other federal requirements
prior to operating their business.
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What type of licensing do I need?
Within the state of Wisconsin, there are sixteen state
agencies that offer various forms of state licensing,
such as, permits, certificates, licenses, registrations,
Businesses owners are able to search for a specific
Wisconsin state license or permit by visiting the
License, Permit and Registration Services online available
through the following link: http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/business.html.
Will I need a local business license?
Most cities do not require a general city/county
business license. However, other licensing are required,
such as a professional or specialty license, alcohol
and beverage license, animal licensing, building and
construction permits, food establishment licenses,
etc. Cities and counties may also require zoning permits
while operating within the city boundaries. Be sure
to contact the local city/county offices to find out
which local licensing or permits are necessary for
What steps should I take in starting my business?
While starting a business in Wisconsin you should
first decide how your business will be structured
(sole proprietor, general partnership, corporation,
etc.). After determining your businesses structure,
the next step is naming your business. Make sure you
are careful selecting a name to avoid infringing on
a name already filed by another business. Next, you
need to apply for a Federal Employer Identification
Number (also known as an EIN number) through the Internal
Why do I need to be licensed?
Business licenses are issued by the state, cities,
counties, or other government agencies to allow owners
or individuals to legally conduct business within
the particular jurisdiction. The particular business
activity and location determines most license of the
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