Alabama Business Licenses and Permits

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Alabama LLC
Business Licenses and Permits

How to form an LLC in Alabama
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Alabama.

Detailed Lessons:

 

Alabama LLC Costs:
Alabama LLC filing fee: approximately $183 (varies by county)
Alabama LLC annual report fee: $100 minimum

Need to save time?
Hire a professional to form your LLC in Alabama:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

(check out Northwest vs LegalZoom)

After your Alabama LLC is approved, you’ll need to comply with federal, state, and local government license and permit requirements.

Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.

Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being allowed to conduct business.

Types of licenses you may need in Alabama

Below are some license and permits examples:

  • Department of Revenue State Tax ID number
  • Business operation license/business privilege license
  • Sales tax license
  • Seller/reseller permit
  • Building permit
  • Health permit
  • Signage permit
  • Home occupation permit
  • Zoning and land use permits
  • Withholding taxes (if you have employees)

Industries that are more regulated have more requirements.

Do it yourself in Alabama

Need Help? If you don’t want to make phone calls and determine the licensing requirements yourself, we recommend using IncFile.

Below are some resources for determining your Alabama license and permit requirements yourself:

Alabama State Tax Registration
http://revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/register.cfm
http://revenue.alabama.gov/section-business.cfm
334-242-1170

Alabama Business Licenses
http://revenue.alabama.gov/licenses/
334-242-1170

Local County Requirements
You’ll need to contact the county where your LLC is located to obtain the requirements. Contact info for all 67 counties can be found here:
http://www.alabamacounties.org/resources/county-links/

Free Business Counseling with the Alabama Small Business Development Center
http://asbdc.org/register

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Forming an LLC shouldn't be so complicated. Our step-by-step guide will make the process a breeze – and no complex legal jargon! LLC University® teaches people how to form an LLC for free in all 50 states. We hope you find our free guides and resources helpful in your business journey.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

4 Comments

  1. laquitta March 6, 2018

    I just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! My llc is officially formed, thanks to you!! your steps were clear as the blue seas of Florida!!

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    • Matt Horwitz March 10, 2018

      FANTASTIC!! You’re so welcome Laquitta. Wishing you nothing but success!:)

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  2. Alisa Scott February 19, 2019

    You “How much does it cost to form an LLC” link states that if you complete the free online course it will not cost you anything. I’ve completed the course and am wondering what to do next.

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    • Matt Horwitz February 21, 2019

      Hi Alisa, if you went through the lessons and formed your Alabama LLC, then there’s nothing else to do in terms of LLC formation. You can open an LLC bank account and then just make sure to take care of your tax filings every year. We recommend working with an accountant. Please see how to find an accountant. Hope that helps.

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