Want to launch a new business in New Hampshire? It’s good to be informed about state and local laws & regulations before starting your business. We will cover topics such as: how to register your business and be licensed, the necessity of obtaining a business license in New Hampshire, the requirements, expenses you will likely spend when forming your business, and more.
The requirements of licensure for your business will depend on the scope of the work and the location. There is no general state-level business license in New Hampshire that would apply to every business operating in the state. However, there are certain licenses/permits that NM State issues base on the nature of your business:
To learn more about the business-related licensing, requirements, and tax information you can visit the New Hampshire official website.
Aside from the above-mentioned licenses and permits that New Hampshire provides there are also occupational licenses for certain professionals and trades. The most common occupations that require state licensing in New Hampshire to practice the specific profession are as follows:
To acquire the full list of professions that require licensing visit the Licensed, Certified, and Registered Occupations Index section on the New Hampshire Employment Security website. Additionally, if your business is in industries such as daycare, food establishments, auto recyclers, and more you should obtain a license.
Depending on the location, there may also be zoning requirements that you should meet. Keep in mind that NM occupational licenses shouldn’t be referred to as business licenses. There can be both occupational licensing and local business licensing requirements when establishing your company.
Prior to the license application, you should register your business in the state. Here, we have outlined the main steps you will go through when forming your business in New Hampshire:
As there are numerous types of licenses and permits issued depending on the location and the nature of the business, the costs will greatly vary from city to city. To find out the cost of obtaining a certain license or its renewal you should reach out to your local municipality.
Businesses that have been formed outside of New Hampshire should register their foreign business with the state if they are “doing business”. Foreign businesses should have a physical presence in New Hampshire which means having one of the followings: