Licenses and Permits

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 $49.00 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. 

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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 $49.00. 

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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.

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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.


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


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.


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Theresa O.
Washington Member
I appreciate all the help and support I had in developing my LLC. It was great to have an organization that took me from start to finish with registering my name and my business in the state of Washington. They answered questions quickly and efficiently and I couldn’t be more pleased.