Almost all businesses require filing certain licenses and obtaining particular permits. The type of business licenses and permits that you need are vary by city, county, and state, as well as by type of business you plan to start, so study the regulation carefully. You may need one or more specialized licenses, especially if you serve or sell food, liquor, or firearms, work with hazardous materials, or discharge any materials into the air or water.
Business licenses are serious matters in most cities. If your state government discovers that you are doing business without licenses or permits, a variety of bad things can happen to you. To get the license, you may be required to conform to certain zoning laws and to meet building codes and other regulations set by the local health, fire, or police department.