Last updated May 30, 2020
Business Licenses and Permits
How to form an LLC in Montana
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Montana.
Montana LLC costs:
LLC formation: $70 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $20 (every year)
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After you form your Montana LLC, you need to comply with city and county 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 Montana.
Types of licenses & permits you may need in Montana
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 Montana
State Business License
FYI, the State of Montana does not have a general business license.
Montana SBDC – Small Business Licensing Information
Index of Montana Business Licenses and Permits
The Montana Department of Revenue website contains an index of business licenses and permits you may need for your business: http://revenue.mt.gov/licenses
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 Montana LLC, as well as the necessary application forms:
After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits for your Montana LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Montana LLC Taxes.