Last updated May 30, 2020
Business Licenses and Permits
How to form an LLC in Hawaii
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Hawaii.
Hawaii LLC costs:
State filing fee: $51 (one-time fee)
Annual fee: $15 (every year)
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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
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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 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.
If you want to save time, we recommend hiring a professional service company (like IncFile) to do the research and prepare your applications.
They will provide you with a comprehensive package of all the licenses, permits and tax registrations required for your Hawaii LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.
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.