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Learn2 Obtain a Business License (continued)
Step 1: Assess zoning

You'll need to apply for your business license in the same city where your business will reside. If you haven't determined the location yet, you'll need to do so before you can proceed. If additional licenses are needed, such as a county or state license, your city office will let you know.

Another issue is zoning. Different locations are zoned for various types of businesses. An office building, for example, is probably already zoned for commercial use under certain restrictions and codes. However, if you've rented the bottom floor of an office building intending to run a day care center, you may need to apply for a special permit that would allow for that space to be properly zoned or rezoned.

Be aware that anytime you apply for a license to operate in a location that's not currently zoned for your specific type of business, it can take at least a few extra weeks, sometimes months, to navigate the licensing process. In most cases, the city will have to conduct studies, interview surrounding neighbors or tenants, and conduct a planning commission hearing to rezone a location. This can translate to extra time and fees.

Note: The simplest way to find out what a particular location is zoned for is to check with previous tenants or the landlord. Another option is to visit your city office, where all zoning is documented.



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