Starting a new business can be a confusing process. There are over 1,800
business types and over 600 business licenses required from various agencies at
the state level in Kentucky. Entrepreneurs can waste valuable time and resources
determining which licenses are required for their particular type of business. The
One-Stop Business Licensing Program was developed to cut through the 'red tape'
by simplifying this process.
This program allows users to instantly receive a complete listing of
all licenses that could be required at the state level. In addition to this streamlined
process, users can obtain detailed information about the license or permit, such
as the contact person in state government, the fees and requirements for the license,
and hyperlinks to forms available on the Internet.
Assistance can also be obtained by contacting the state Business Information
Clearinghouse at 1-800-626-2250.
This One-Stop Business Licensing Program is not intended as a replacement
for specialized accounting services or legal counsel. Please use this service as
a tool to help guide you in the right direction when establishing your new business.
Depending upon the specific aspects of your business, the tailored list
of necessary licenses may be over-inclusive or under-inclusive. While the Secretary
of State's Office designed this program, each state agency is statutorily responsible
for updating their licensing information. Again, please contact the Business Information
Clearinghouse at 1-800-626-2250 if you have questions or concerns.
Please note that the One-Stop Business Licensing Program contains only
state licensing information. You will need to check with city, county, and federal
contacts for additional licensing and permit requirements. Leads for these contacts
can be found through our business resource links.
For assistance with other aspects of starting a business in Kentucky,
such as choosing a business form, financing your business, and federal and local
resources, we have provided the following useful links below:
Name Availability Search -- Reserve a business name.
Trademarks -- Secure a trademark for your business.
Forms -- Download and print official business filing forms.
Kentucky Department of Revenue
-- Register for the appropriate taxes.
Financing Your New Business -- Help with finding
financial assistance and venture capital as well as business start-up information.
Contacts at the
City, County and Regional Levels -- These contacts can assist you with city and county requirements
for new businesses.
Federal Requirements for Starting a Business
Kentucky Business Environmental Assistance Program