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If you plan to start a business in contracting or are building a facility, pay special attention to this section, which is all about building permits, business licenses, permits & tax information. There’s plenty you’ll need to know to stay compliant through the construction of your building, and you’ll likely need a variety of building licenses throughout the process.

Examples of Building Licenses

For any new business that is constructing a building, you may need business licenses to ensure that you’re up to code in the installation of plumbing and electricity, as well as any alarms your facility is required to have.

For example, many states require you to have one or more of the following to prevent fire and theft:

  • Alarm Permit
  • Fire Alarm Permit
  • Fire Extinguisher Permit
  • Fire Systems Permit

Without the appropriate building license, you may not be permitted to operate.

Additionally, you’ll be responsible for obtaining a parking lot permit, elevator permit, and zoning permit before you can begin operations.

Why You Need Building Permits

Your city and state want to ensure that any new building constructed is up to its standards for safety. What would happen if the roof caved in and injured people? You would be liable. Having the appropriate building licenses makes sure that you (or your contractors) are doing work that the government deems safe, thus protecting you and your customers.

Use this building business guide to find out what you need to know about applying for building licenses and permits before you start running your business.