Last updated July 15, 2021
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.
Kentucky LLC costs:
State filing fee: $40 (one-time fee)
Annual fee: $15 (every year)
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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:
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.
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.
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.