A business license or permit is sometimes required for individuals or businesses to operate. Business licenses exist at the local, state, and federal level. Licenses and permits cover a variety of purposes and activities, such as building construction, environmental considerations, and the ability to work as a licensed professional.
The type of licenses or permits you will need depends on several factors, including:
- Your profession or occupation
- Whether you are an employer or an independent contractor
- Your industry and business activities
- Your place(s) of business
Depending on your profession, you may need to obtain a license to practice in California, even if you have been previously licensed in a different state. The licensing requirements vary by profession, and many are issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs. A few of the professions that require licenses include:
- Healthcare Practitioners
- Aestheticians and Cosmetologists
- Real Estate Brokers and Agents
- Security Guards
Local permits are dependent on city and county requirements and ordinances. Local licenses and permits are common for items such as:
- Construction or renovation
- Health permits
- Zoning permits
- Local business licenses
License and permit requirements vary, so to be sure, you should check with your local authorities.
You should always check with your local authorities in the city or county where you plan to work or operate a business. Additionally, CalGold provides an easy way to look up permit information and contacts based on your county and industry.
Applying for business licenses and permits may not require the help of an attorney. However, if you are setting up a new business, an experienced business attorney can help provide guidance on permits, as well as other business organization issues. If you have been charged with criminal or civil penalties for a failure to have a proper permit, an attorney can help defend you.