What kind of business do you have? What jurisdiction are you planning to operate in? Do you need a general business license, or does your industry require you to apply for and obtain a regulated or privileged license? Every business has different needs, and Silent G Consulting prides itself on providing the right solution for your specific operations.
All businesses are required to obtain a business license from both the State of Nevada and the local jurisdiction their business is located in prior to beginning their operations.
Handyman Services (under $1,000)
These businesses often require an initial investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for determination of the owner’s suitability to hold such a license.
Mobile Food Vender
The application process for these licenses can be complicated and generally involves multiple steps, including providing detailed information, financial review and in-depth background check.
Restaurants with Alcohol
Understanding the Types of Licenses
If you own or operate an architecture company or an engineering firm, you are likely aware of your state’s licensing requirements. However, certain jobs and services you perform may be subject to additional permitting requirements.
The primary difference between licenses and permits is that licenses represent the permission to do or use something, while permits are typically issued based on safety issues. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between state licenses and local permits and how you can ensure your business remains in compliance.
What Is A Nevada State License?
A Nevada state business license is a primary document required for conducting essential business functions. Your business can face fines, closures, delays, and other penalties without the correct licenses.
To obtain the required licensure, businesses need first to identify which licenses are required for their industry across federal, state, and local agencies. Most states require general business licenses. A general business license gains authorization from a government agency to operate in a country, state, city, or other jurisdiction. Industry-specific licenses are overseen by boards dedicated to the standards of the industry.
It is not uncommon for regulatory boards to require both key individuals and the company as a whole to obtain licenses. Individual licenses are typically acquired first and usually require an exam. Then, the company licenses are obtained after one or several key individuals are licensed.
State License Examples
State requirements vary; however, licenses are often required for the following businesses:
- Architecture Firms
- Asbestos Abatement Company
- Biomedical Engineering Firms
- Electrical Contract Company
- Geology Firms
- Lead Abatement Company
If you are unsure whether your business requires a license to operate, check with your state’s regulatory agencies. Licenses are typically renewed on an annual or biennial basis.
What Are Local Permits?
A permit is a legal document that provides official permission to proceed with a restricted activity. Different types of permits are issued for various purposes. While licensing requirements vary from state to state, permit requirements differ across smaller jurisdictions, like counties and cities.
Jurisdiction requirements vary; however, permits are often required to:
- Construct or alter a structure
- Demolish or move a structure
- Install or alter regulated equipment, including:
- Air conditioning
- Electrical service
- Heating equipment
There are also temporary permits that allow businesses to operate on a transient basis for activities like hosting a conference, using a public facility, and doing certain contract work.
Local Permit Examples
The most common permits include:
- Building permits
- Fire permits
- Health permits
- Occupational permits
- Sign permits
- Tax permits
- Zoning permits
If you are unsure whether your business requires a permit to provide a certain service, give us a call.