Step 3: Business Licenses and Permits

The State of Texas does not require a general "business" license. However, there are a number of regulatory agencies that have licensing and permitting requirements based on the type of service, or products associated with your business.

To ensure that all permitting requirements are met, you should contact the local county and/or city government in which you plan to conduct business to determine if there are any additional requirements.

Please visit the Texas.gov's Occupational Licenses and Permits and select the applicable occupation from the menu on the left.

Should the business discharge pollutants, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires various air, water and waste permit authorizations.

To determine state occupational licensing and permitting requirements, please visit the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for more information.

Go to Step 4: Business Employer Requirements


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