Last Updated: May 13, 2024, 8:58 am by TRUiC Team


Montana Business License

You can obtain a Montana business license online.

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How to Get a Business License in MT

You can get a business license online by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.

Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).

There are three main licensing jurisdictions:

  • State
  • Local
  • Federal

State of Montana Business Licensing

Montana does not have a standard state business license and, because there is no state sales tax, businesses are not required to have a seller’s permit.

However, there are hundreds of state licenses that businesses in certain professions must have. Businesses can register for several of the most common state licenses through the Montana eStop website. For information about other licenses, you can use the Montana License Lookup tool.

Local Montana Business Licensing

In Montana, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.

For example, the City of Missoula requires every business to have a license. There is a general city business license as well as several other licenses for specific professions.

Contact your local town or county government office for more information.

Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Montana

You can apply for and renew the following licenses through the state’s eStop website:

  • Retail food establishment
  • Tobacco retail and wholesale
  • Off-Premises beer and wine
  • Nursery
  • Petroleum dealer
  • Weighing device
  • Underground storage tank
  • Montana Lottery

For information about applying for or renewing other licenses, contact the relevant statetown, or county government office.

Federal Business Licenses and Permits

You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).

If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.

Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:

Agriculture
Alcoholic beverages
Aviation
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Commercial fisheries
Maritime transportation
Nuclear energy
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics

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MT Business License FAQ

Who needs a Montana business license?

Only businesses in certain professions or locations need a Montana business license. Contact the relevant state, town, or county government office for more information.

What licenses do I need to open a business in Montana?

The licenses you need depend on your profession and where the business is located. Contact the relevant state, town, or county government office for more information.it.

How much does a Montana business license cost?

The cost of a Montana business license varies depending on the type of license.

How do I get a Montana business license?

You can apply for certain licenses through the state’s eStop website. The process for obtaining other licenses varies.

Do I have to renew my Montana business license?

The renewal requirement varies depending on the license.

Quick Links

Montana eStop Business Licenses
Montana License Lookup
Montana Secretary of State Business Services
Montana Town and City Directory
Montana County Directory