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Business Licenses and Permits
Quick Start Guide
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Vermont.
Vermont LLC Costs:
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.
Not complying with business license and permit requirements may result in penalties and fines.
Need help? If you don’t want to make phone calls and determine your licensing requirements yourself, we recommend using IncFile.
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: http://www.vermont.gov/portal/business/
There are also additional resources here:
If your LLC renders professional services (ex: accountant, architect, doctor, lawyer, nursing, etc.), you’ll need to contact your industry’s Professional Licensing board:
Municipal Permits and Zoning
Contact the office of the municipality where your LLC is located to find out if your business needs a license and/or permit to operate: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/191350/municipal_zoning_administrators.xls
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The state website also contains a directory of local officials: http://www.vermont.gov/portal/government/index.php?id=27
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 contact their office by phone at 802-828-1556. You can also get in touch with a regional office: Vermont DEC: Wastewater Systems and Potable Water Supplies (see “Regional Office Program”).
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: http://vtrans.vermont.gov/operations
If you plan on putting what’s called an Official Business Directional Sign (OBDS) on the highway, then you’ll need to contact the Agency of Transportation: http://vtrans.vermont.gov/operations
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
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM)
– Retail Licensing Requirements
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Agency of Natural Resources
– Regional Permit Specialists:
– The Vermont Permit Handbook:
– The Environmental Assistance Office:
(or call 800-974-955)
Vermont Department of Economic Development
Agency of Commerce & Community Development
Regional Development Corporations (RDCs)
Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Department of Public Safety
Emergency Planning & Community Right‐to‐Know Act (EPCRA)
If you don’t want to make phone calls and determine your licensing requirements yourself, we recommend using IncFile.
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.