Last updated September 30, 2020
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.
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: Vermont.gov: Work
There are also additional resources here:
Vermont Secretary of State: Business Services Division
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
- Vermont Department of Public Safety
- Vermont Department of Public Safety: Emergency Management
- Vermont Department of Public Safety: Emergency Planning & Community Right‐to‐Know Act
- Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets: Retail Licensing Requirements
- Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation: Permit Handbook
- Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation: Find a Permit Specialist
- Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation: Environmental Assistance
- Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development
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.