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Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Information on industry-specific and occupation-specific licenses, permits, and regulations is found in the Business Wizard. After answering a few questions, you will receive a customized checklist of agencies to contact with links to their websites.

Business Registration: All businesses must register a name and entity type with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office before conducting business. For information about the entity types recognized in Idaho and links to forms, see Legal Structure. Idaho does not have a state business license.

City and County Business Licenses: In addition to the state and federal licensing requirements found in the Business Wizard, your business may need to adhere to city and/or county regulations specific to your location. Contact your local City or County Clerk or Recorder’s office to find out if you need a local business license or other permits.

Alcoholic Beverage Licensing: See the Assistance Resources section of this site.

Professional Licensing Boards:

We do our best to keep this site current when the federal government, Idaho legislature, city councils, and county commissioners add or change licensing requirements. However, we make no guarantee that the licensing requirements shown on this site are complete.

If your business activity, profession, product, or service is not listed in the Business Wizard, you can verify whether your business is subject to special licensing requirements by contacting your city or county clerk’s office, your attorney, or your CPA. If you have exhausted these resources and still haven’t found the information you need, you may also Contact Us to research your licensing requirements.  Only business activities requiring additional industry-specific licenses or permits are listed in the Business Wizard.

If you know of a licensing requirement that is not listed or one that needs to be updated, please e-mail us.

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