Apply For A Business License New Hampshire - NH
Does New Hampshire require that I register my business?
Most businesses will need to register with the New Hampshire Secretary of State in order to conduct business or advertise in the state. The only exception is sole proprietors that operate solely under their legal name. The type of registration needed will depend on the business form you choose, such as corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, etc. Failing to register could affect your ability to get the necessary business permits from other government agencies in the future
Are there state licensing requirements that my business must meet?
Most business licensing is done at the local level in New Hampshire so there is no one general business license that all businesses must have in order to operate in the state. However, New Hampshire does require occupational licenses for certain professions and trades. These licenses are necessary in order to practice these professions in the state, but are not the same as a license to conduct business. Many of these occupations are still subject to local business licensing requirements.
In addition to specific occupational licenses, some businesses such as restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, hotels, and rental car companies must apply for a business tax license from the state in order to collect taxes on goods and services rendered.
What are the local licensing requirements?
Local licensing requirements differ by municipality, and it is possible that your business may not need a local business license. Generally, cities in New Hampshire do not issue general business licenses, but instead only require that certain types of businesses be licensed depending on the type of goods and services offered. However, what types of businesses require a license depends on the city. For example, Manchester and Nashua both require almost two dozen different types of businesses be licensed, while Dover only requires city business licenses for peddlers. The cost of any local business license will depend on the municipality where you are applying and the type of license needed. Because of the varying differences in city regulations, you should always check with your local city government's business division to find out if your business is meeting all licensing requirements.
At the county level, most New Hampshire counties do not require additional licensing. However, your business may need to register with the county in order to pay the necessary business taxes.
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