Vermont LLC – Business Licenses and Permit Requirements

Last updated September 30, 2020

Vermont LLC
Business Licenses and Permits

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

Detailed Lessons:


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Vermont LLC filing fee: $125
Vermont LLC annual report fee: $35

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After you form a Vermont LLC, you may need to obtain a business license and/or permit for your business.

Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your Vermont LLC is located.

Need help? If you don’t want to make phone calls and determine your licensing requirements yourself, we recommend using IncFile.

State Resources

The Vermont Secretary of State maintains a webpage with the list of business licenses and permits your LLC may need, and the contact details of the offices and agencies that issue them: Work

There are also additional resources here:
Vermont Secretary of State: Business Services Division

Professional Licensing

If your LLC renders professional services (ex: accountant, architect, doctor, lawyer, nursing, etc.), you’ll need to contact your industry’s Professional Licensing board.

You can find that information via the Vermont Secretary of State: Office of Professional Regulation.

Municipal Permits and Zoning

Please contact the office of the municipality where your LLC is located. This will help you determine if your business needs a particular license and/or permit to operate.

You can use either of the the following websites:

Act 250 Permit

If you want to make improvements to your LLC’s facilities, then you need to contact the state’s District Environmental Coordinator and ask if you’ll need a Land Use Permit (Act 250 Permit).

You can find your district’s contact information here:
Vermont Natural Resources Board: District Staff and Environmental Commissions


If you plan on putting a sign at your LLC’s place of business, then you need to contact a VTrans District Manager for a permit: Vermont Agency of Transportation.

If you plan on putting what’s called an Official Business Directional Sign (OBDS) on the highway, then you’ll need to contact the Vermont Agency of Transportation: Sign Information.

Also, the municipality where your LLC is located may also require permits before you can post any signs. We recommend contacting them to make sure your LLC remains compliant.

Other Agencies and Resources

Need Help?

If you don’t want to make phone calls and determine your licensing requirements yourself, we recommend using IncFile.

Next Step

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

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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