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Last updated July 15, 2021

Kentucky LLC
Business Licenses and Permits

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

Detailed Lessons:

5. EIN Number
6. Annual Report
7. Licenses and Permits ← you are here
8. Taxes

 

Kentucky LLC costs:
State filing fee: $40 (one-time fee)
Annual fee: $15 (every year)

Need help?
Hire a professional company to form your Kentucky LLC:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

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After you form your Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in Kentucky

Below are some license and permit 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 Kentucky

Contact your county
Contact the county office where your LLC is located and check on your license and permit requirements:
https://www.kaco.org/en/county-information/county-websites.aspx

Kentucky OneStop Business Portal
You can also access the Kentucky OneStop Business Portal. It has information on the different licenses and permits you may need and how to contact the state’s departments and agencies.

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 Kentucky LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.

Next Step

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