How to Get a Business License in UT
You can get a business license online or by mail 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 Utah Business Licensing
The main state-level permit or license in Utah is the seller’s permit, which is a common name for the state’s sales tax registration.
You must obtain a seller's permit if you:
- Are engaged in business in Utah
- Intend to sell or lease tangible personal property or services that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold at retail.
Visit the Utah Taxpayer Access Point to obtain a seller’s permit.
Additionally, businesses in certain industries need specific licenses or permits. Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing provides information about which professions need additional licenses and how to get them.
Local Utah Business Licensing
In Utah, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
Check with your local Utah city or county government office for more information.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Utah
Utah Seller’s Permit
You can register for a Utah seller’s permit online or by mail. If you haven’t formed your business yet, you can also register on the Utah OneStop Business Registration website.
Other Utah Business Licenses
The Utah seller’s permit does not need to be renewed.
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
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
UT Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs a Utah business license?
Every business that sells products or services subject to the Utah state sales tax needs a seller’s permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may also need specific licenses or permits.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Utah?
Many businesses will at least need a seller’s permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may also need specific licenses or permits.
What is a seller’s permit?
A seller’s permit is the common name for a license or permit that allows you to sell products or services.
How much does a Utah business license cost?
There is no registration fee for a Utah seller’s permit. The cost of other licenses and permits varies.
How do I get a Utah business license?
You can register for a Utah seller’s permit online through the Utah Taxpayer Access Point, by mail, or in person. The processes for obtaining other licenses and permits vary.
Do I have to renew my Utah business license?
The Utah seller’s permit does not need to be renewed. Check with the relevant state or local government office for the renewal requirements for any other license or permit you may have.