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Last updated July 28, 2021

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Business Licenses and Permits

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

Detailed Lessons:

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


North Dakota LLC costs:
LLC formation: $135 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $50 (every year)

Need help?
Hire a company to form your North Dakota LLC:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

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After you form a North Dakota 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 North Dakota LLC 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 North Dakota.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in North Dakota

Below are some license and permit examples your North Dakota 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 North Dakota

No State Business License in North Dakota
The State of North Dakota does not have a general, state-level business license. Instead, business licenses are issued at the local level and depend on the type of business your North Dakota LLC engages in.

North Dakota State Government Business Licenses
For help figuring out which licenses your North Dakota LLC needs, visit this page (https://www.nd.gov/category.htm?id=98) to see the list of business licenses and permits, as well as the different agencies you may need to contact.

Contact the North Dakota County Where Your LLC is Located
Since licenses and permits for North Dakota LLCs are controlled at the local level, we recommend contacting the county where you do business. You can find all the North Dakota counties here: http://www.ndaco.org/. We also recommend contacting the city where you do business as well.

Occupational Licenses are not Business Licenses
North Dakota 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 in North Dakota, 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 license/permit applications.

They will provide you with a comprehensive package of all the licenses, permits and tax registrations required for your North Dakota LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.

Next Step

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