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After your Hawaii LLC is approved, you’ll need to comply with state and local government (county and/or city) 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 able to conduct business in Hawaii.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in Hawaii

Below are some license and permits examples:

  • Business licenses/tax permits
  • Building permit
  • Health permit
  • Occupational permit
  • Signage permit
  • Alarm permit
  • Zoning permit
  • Alcohol & tobacco permit
  • Liquor license
  • Sales and use tax permit
  • Seller/reseller permit

Do it yourself in Hawaii

Hawaii Tax ID Number and Hawaii General Excise Tax
All LLCs in Hawaii must register with the Department of Taxation to get a HI Tax ID number and to register for General Excise Tax (GET). Depending on your industry, you may need to obtain additional tax licenses. Please see our Hawaii Taxes lesson for more details.

County and City Licenses
You’ll need to contact your county, city, or agency/licensing board to determine all your licensing requirements:
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Apply for Other Permits and Licenses

Hawaii Business Action Center
For more information, you can contact the Hawaii Business Action Center.

Our Recommendation for Hawaii LLCs

There are nearly 20,000 licensing and permit jurisdictions in the United States and each has its own rules and regulations.

Tip: Save time by hiring an expert. We recommend using IncFile ($99) to handle the business license research for you.

Next Step

After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits for your Hawaii LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Hawaii Taxes.

Matt Horwitz


Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
 
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

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Hope that helps!

Matt Horwitz founder of LLC University
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator
LLC University®