Last updated May 30, 2020
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.
New Hampshire LLC costs:
LLC formation: $100 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $100 (every year)
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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.
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.
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.
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.