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Last updated July 15, 2021

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Business Licenses and Permits

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

Detailed Lessons:


Indiana LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $100 by mail or $95 online (one-time fee)
Business entity report: $50 by mail or $31 online (every 2 years)

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Hire a company to form your Indiana LLC:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

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After you form your Indiana LLC, you’ll need to comply with local government (county and 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 Indiana.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in Indiana

Below are some license and permits examples:

  • City 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 Indiana

Depending on your business, you may need licenses and permits at the city and/or county, level. You can contact your county/city directly or use some of the links below.

Specific Occupational Licenses

Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management

Indiana’s Department of Transportation

Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security

The Indiana Business Owner’s Guide also has links and contact details to the different agencies or boards you may need a permit and license from:

Our Recommendation

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 Indiana LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.

Next Step

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

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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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.

  1. Hello! Your site has been a phenomenal help in starting my own LLC!!! I did want to bring to your attention that the link to the site for filing for permits in the state of Indiana has changed. The following link: “Specific Occupational Licenses” leads to a general Indiana page that gives an error message that says “page not found.”

    I am currently in the process of researching how to get this information and may just land up contacting the state in the morning.

    Thank you so very much for all the amazing work you have put into the production of such an amazing site!!!

    • Hey Joseph, thanks so much for letting us know. We have the link updated now. Thank you for the kind words too! Glad our site has been so helpful for you :)

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