Pennsylvania Business Licenses and Permits

Pennsylvania LLC Business Licenses and Permits

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

Detailed Lessons:

 

Pennsylvania LLC Costs:
Pennsylvania state fee: $125

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Hire a reliable service to form your LLC:
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After you form a Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in Pennsylvania

Below are some license and permit examples your Pennsylvania 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 tax permit
  • Use tax permit
  • Seller/reseller permit
Need Help? If you don’t want to make phone calls and determine your licensing requirements yourself, we recommend using IncFile.

Do it yourself in Pennsylvania

No State Business License in Pennsylvania
The State of Pennsylvania 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 PA LLC engages in.

Pennsylvania State Agency Business Licenses
You may need to contact a PA state agency that regulates the business your LLC is engaged in to find out if you’re required to get a license or permit: http://legacy.pa.gov/Pages/Agency-Directory.aspx
http://www.dos.pa.gov/Pages/Directory.aspx

Contact Your Local Officials
Since licenses and permits for Pennsylvania LLCs are controlled at the local level, we recommend contacting the county and the city where you do business. You can find the contact details of your local officials here: http://www.pacounties.org/PAsCounties/Pages/Default.aspx

We also recommend contacting the city where you do business as well.

Professional Licenses
Professional LLCs (PLLCs) must obtain permission from the State Board or Commission that regulates their activities: http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/Pages/Board-Contacts.aspx

These occupational licenses are a requirement to practice these professions in PA, but are not to be confused with a business license. If you are required to hold an occupational license in Pennsylvania, you may also be required to obtain a local business license as well.

Next Step

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

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