Starting a Business
OBTAINING A BUSINESS LICENSE OR PERMIT
The City of Victor requires a business owner to obtain a business license. In some incidences the federal government may also require you to secure special licenses or permits, depending on your kind of business.
Local Business License
This is a general license that grants you, as the business owner, the privilege of legally operating a business within the town. Licenses are generally easy to obtain, though application procedures may vary.
Have your business paperwork in order, including your Employer Identification Number (EIN).
- Contact the city for an application.
- Complete the application and file it with the appropriate government agency.
- Be sure to file renewals. Once granted the license will need to be renewed annually.
State Business Licenses
State business license are issued to businesses that provide products or services regulated by state law. For example, special state licenses are required for doctors, lawyers, hairdressers, realtors, auto mechanics, private investigators, building contractors and others who must meet state licensing requirements- i.e. a certain level of certified training or education. State licenses are also required of business that must meet certain standards or codes, such as restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol.
For very few businesses, federal licensing is required. In general, federal licensing is required if the business is highly regulated by the government. For example, firms providing investment advice, interstate-trucking companies, businesses involved with meat preparation, and those that sell heavily regulated products such as firearms. If you need a federal license, consider consulting an attorney to advise you or to handle the entire application process for you. Your business may be required more than one business license. Make sure you understand which licenses you must have, as well as the order in which you need to obtain them.
Many businesses are also required to obtain permits. Generally, permits regulate the safety, structure and the appearance of the community as well as defined by the local and or state laws, typically referred to as “ordinances.” Once your jurisdiction determines that your business is in compliance with such ordinances, you may proceed with obtaining the required licenses. Usually its best to first research the kinds of permits you need. This helps ensure that you are in compliance with regulations and avoid costly delays and expenses relating retooling your business after the fact.
- Research the permits you need through the appropriate agency.
- Make sure your business complies with the ordinances in your area
- Obtain the proper application forms and /or set up the proper application procedures (in some cases this might be an onsite inspection).
- File the necessary paperwork to obtain the relevant permit(s), and pay any filing fees.
Types of Permits
Types of permits your business may need include:
- Sellers permit
You will be purchasing wholesale merchandise for resale, your state will probably require you to register for a seller’s (sometimes called a reseller’s ) permit or sales tax permit.
- Building Permit
If you plan on remodeling or building a commercial space, check local building codes to find out if you’ll need to get a building permit. Make sure as well that your business space is in compliance with other local ordinances such as access and facilities for the disabled, so your business is eligible to receive the other permits you need.
- Health Permits
If you’ll be preparing food as part of your business, you’ll also need to get a health permit. Call the governing health department to research the requirements, then make sure you are in compliance and arrange for the inspection.
- Zoning Permit
Don’t sign a lease without first checking that the space is properly zoned for the use you have in mind. You can research this with your local planning department.
- Home Occupation Permit
If your business is home based, you will need to comply with Title 10 Chapter 22 of the Victor Development Ordinance. Call the City Offices and make sure you have all the information you need for your proposed business. Victor City Ordinance can also be found online at www.victorcityidaho.com.