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Licenses, Permits, and Regulations


Information on industry-specific and occupation-specific licenses, permits, and regulations can be found by doing a search of the Business Wizard. Idaho does not issue a state business license nor does the state require occupational licenses for every profession. To find out if your specific business activity or occupation requires a license or is regulated in some way, visit the Business Wizard. After answering five questions, you will receive a customized checklist of agencies to contact with links to their websites.

If you want to print a list of all the business activities, professions, products and services currently listed in the Business Wizard, click on the printer graphic to the here to print a list of businesses that are regulated in Idaho

City and County Business Licenses: In addition to the licensing requirements listed in the Business Wizard, your business may be regulated by city and/or county laws specific to your business location. Contact your local City or County Clerk or Recorder's office to find out if you need a local business license or permits. To find contact information for your city clerk's office click here: City Clerks. To locate your county clerk or recorder's office visit and choose the appropriate county.

Alcoholic Beverage Licensing: See the Business Assistance section of this site.

Taxes: Most businesses must pay taxes, including city, county, state, and federal taxes. Visit the taxes section of this site to learn more about the taxes your business may be required to pay. You will also find a tax calendar listing the dates payments are due.

We do our best to keep this site current when the federal government, Idaho legislature, city councils, and county commissioners add or change licensing requirements. However, WE MAKE NO GUARANTEE THAT THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS SHOWN ON THIS SITE ARE COMPLETE.

If your business, profession, product, or service is not listed in the Business Wizard, you can verify whether your business is subject to licensing requirements by contacting your city or county clerk's office, your attorney, or your CPA. You may also ask us to research your licensing requirements by clicking on the E-mail Us button at the top of the page.

If you know of a licensing requirement that is not listed or one that is listed but needs to be updated, please e-mail us

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