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When you start a business, you may assume you need certain business licenses, but you may overlook the fact that you may also need one or more environmental licenses as well. If your work involves pesticides, transporting waste, or working with lead, asbestos or other toxic materials, you will need one or more environmental permits.

Types of Environmental Licenses

Each state’s business licenses, permits & tax division has certain requirements for projects or businesses it believes can negatively affect the environment. For example, if you use large quantities of spray paint at your car detailing shop, this can put harmful chemicals in the air, so the government will want to regulate what you can and cannot do in your shop, as well as tell you how to dispose of empty paint cartridges.

If you’re involved in renovating buildings, you will need to be aware of how to safely remove asbestos from older buildings, and you’ll need a permit for that.

Other types of environmental licenses you may need include:

  • Pesticide License
  • Waste Transporter
  • Solid Waste License
  • Asbestos License
  • Lead Hazard Reduction License
  • Radon Measurement Permit

A business license inspector may come to your place of business to ensure that you’re set up according to its regulations before and after you get your environmental license.

Getting Your Environmental Permits

Some of these environmental licenses will require simply filling out a form and waiting for them to be approved. Others may require you to take certain safety and training courses, such as those for the safe removal of solid waste.

Find out what the requirements are for each type of environmental license you are required to file, as well as how often you need to renew it. Make sure you have all your necessary business licenses filed for and approved before you begin operations.