Business Licensing Regulations

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What Do Business License Laws Regulate?

Businesses must comply with local, state, and federal license laws. These laws may require businesses to obtain licenses in order to operate their business, or to conduct certain activities. Most of the laws governing business licensing exist in order to protect the public in terms of health, safety, and quality of services. 

Business licensing regulations usually cover the following aspects of business operations:

Many of these regulations are directly connected with the business’ operating license. For example, certain small business licenses may only be used in designated areas of a city or town.

What Are Some Commonly Required Business Licenses?

Owning and operating a business can often require the business owner to obtain a business license. In fact, it is common for a single business to need several licenses in order to conduct all of their business activities. 

Some commonly required business licenses, permits, and documents include:

What If My Business License Is Revoked or Suspended?

Most business licenses can be revoked by the agency that issued them if the licensing regulations have been violated, especially if the license was issued directly by a government entity. In most cases, business licenses are revoked as a legal consequence for a statutory violation.

If your business license or permit has been revoked, it is sometimes possible to appeal your case.  Instructions for appealing your claim are usually included in the letter notifying you of a violation. 

However, it is also possible to file a legal claim if you feel that your license privileges were wrongfully revoked. For example, it is possible that the law was wrongfully interpreted in your case. Legal investigations may sometimes require the participation of other government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a similar body. 

Finally, you should note that any laws that regulate business licenses cannot be discriminatory against any groups, and they cannot impinge upon a person’s constitutional rights. You may wish to contact a lawyer if you feel that a business law in your area is in conflict with your rights.

Should I Contact a Lawyer about Business Licensing Regulations?

Business licensing regulations can be very different depending on the area you are in and the type of business you are operating. If you have any questions at all about business licensing regulations, you may wish to speak with a business lawyer in your area.  Complying with state and federal business laws can help you avoid potential conflicts in the future, and can help ensure that your business operates smoothly and effectively. 

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Last Modified: 02-11-2014 03:18 PM PST

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