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Last updated July 16, 2021

New Hampshire LLC
Business Licenses and Permits

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

Detailed Lessons:

5. EIN Number
6. Annual Report
7. Business License ← you are here
8. Taxes

 

New Hampshire LLC costs:
LLC formation: $100 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $100 (every year)

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

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After you form a New Hampshire LLC, you need to comply with any 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 New Hampshire.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in New Hampshire

Below are some license and permit examples your LLC may need:

  • 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 New Hampshire

No State Business License in New Hampshire
The State of New Hampshire does not have a general, state-level business license. Instead, business licenses are mandated at the local level.

List of New Hampshire Counties
https://www.nh.gov/government/ – click on the county where your LLC is located and then call them about license and/or permit requirements for your business.

State Business Resources Page
The state has a resources page that contains a list of business licenses and permits your New Hampshire LLC may need. Please see NH.gov: New Hampshire Business Information. Then look under the “Licenses & Permits” column.

Occupational Licenses
New Hampshire requires occupational licenses for certain trades and professionals, typically those which require a state license to practice (medical, legal, accounting, etc.). These occupational licenses are a requirement to practice these professions, but are not to be confused with a local license to conduct business. If you are required to hold an occupational license, you may also be required to obtain a local business license as well.

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 New Hampshire LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.

Next Step

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