After you form your Massachusetts LLC, you need to comply with any 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 Massachusetts.
Types of licenses & permits you may need in Massachusetts
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 Massachusetts
Contact your City
In Massachusetts, the licensing requirements are set by the city(ies) in which you operate. You can access the Massachusetts Municipal Association and contact the city where your LLC is located for your license and permit requirements: Massachusetts Municipal Association: City and Town Websites
Massachusetts Department of Revenue
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has a resources page with links you can access to know what other licenses and permits your LLC may need: Mass.gov – Business Licenses & Permits
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.
After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits for your Massachusetts LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Massachusetts LLC Taxes.