Get the Permits Your Business Needs to Succeed
Almost every business must have permits to operate legally. Identifying the permits you need and applying for them correctly is infinitely easier with LegalShield.
Starting at $39.00 per month
The Difference Between Permits and Licenses
While similar, licenses and permits are different. Understanding the differences between the two is the first step in identifying the permits your business needs.
Licenses tend to be general and apply to activities that require competence, such as offering medical services or building homes. Licenses are often awarded after completion of a test.
Permits focus more narrowly on safety and may require an inspection. For example, running a restaurant requires a health permit which you can get after the facility passes inspection.
There are over 150,000 local jurisdictions, such as cities, townships, municipalities and other types of local government.* You can save a ton of time by joining LegalShield and having your attorney tell you exactly what permits you need and help you apply. It’s far less stressful.
Common Small Business Permits
The chart below highlights some of the most common permits LegalShield members need.
• Building and zoning permits for investment property
• Fire department permits for flammable materials
• Health permits for restaurants and commercial kitchens
• Sign permits that dictate size, location, etc.
• One-time special event permits
• Sales tax permits
• Vendor permits
• Doing business as permit (DBA)
• Home occupation permits
• Environmental permits
If you’re launching a new business, sign up for Launch by LegalShield. An experienced attorney will create your legal entity and help you secure all the business permits you need.
If you’re business is already formed, get a standard small business plan from LegalShield and you’ll have access to all the legal help you need for a monthly fee as low as $39.00.
How to Apply for the Business Permits You Need
Every business permit has its own rules, fees and processes for applying. Conducting research on county, state or federal websites is the best first step. That said, it can take a long time and you may never be completely sure you’ve applied correctly.
As a LegalShield member, you can call your attorney to discuss the permits you need, the requirements you must meet for each permit and where to find the applications. After you’ve filled out the applications, you can submit them to your attorney for review and feedback.
If any of your applications are denied, you fail an inspection or otherwise have issues with a business permit, an attorney that can help you resolve the situation is only one click away.
No matter the situation, working with a small business attorney will make the process easier.
How a Legalshield Small Business Plan Works for Business Permits
All LegalShield plans come jam-packed with valuable benefits. When it comes to searching and applying for business permits, common plan usage is in two areas.
CONSULTATION AND ADVICE
You can speak with a business lawyer in your area to get legal advice about any issues related to entity formation or applying for the business permits you need
TEMPLATES AND DOCUMENT REVIEW
You can submit any permit applications up to 15 pages each and have your attorney provide feedback to make sure everything is correct. In some cases, you can download templates from our website to speed up the process.
You get the best of both worlds. You get the help of an attorney to make sure your business permits are handled correctly AND you save a ton of money.
Plans Start at Only $39.00 Per Month
Key Features of Our Small Business Legal Plans
LegalShield’s business plans can help you in the following areas.
Speak with your provider attorney on an unlimited number of business legal issues. One hour of legal research on each matter is included at no additional charge.
Your provider attorney can make phone calls or write letters on your behalf. Depending on the type of plan, a designated number of debt collection letters are included each month at no additional charge.
Have your provider attorney review documents and contracts up to 15 pages each. Preparation of documents is provided under the preferred member discount.
Your provider attorney can defend your business in covered civil lawsuits. Depending on the type of plan, a designated number of pre-trial and trial hours are included at no additional charge.