To make an application for a premises license, consult your local secretary of state’s office to access the necessary list of forms based on your business. Include the business name and your name or that of a registered agent if you operate a business in a different state from where you live. Upon completion of the forms, include the application fee, and inquire from the Department of Licensing whether you need additional licensing, explains the Houston Chronicle.
The location of your business, applicable government rules and the nature of the business you operate influence the type of application you need to make, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Contact your local government to find the local licensing requirements for your business type. If your business sells products or services, apply for a seller’s permit, which lets you charge sales tax to comply with federal tax requirements.
Licensing requirements vary by state and cities or counties may require you to submit an additional application for a license to operate legally in a specific location, says the Houston Chronicle. Access state-specific licensing information on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website to find the right license for your business. Federal supervised industries such as those involved in alcohol manufacture require federal licensure, which you can secure through your local federal agency.