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 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.
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
- Petroleum dealer
- Weighing device
- Underground storage tank
- Montana Lottery
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:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
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MT Business License FAQ
Who needs a Montana business license?
What licenses do I need to open a business in Montana?
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.