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Obtaining & Maintaining Professional Licensure in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania law requires all businesses to obtain and maintain proper business licenses before operating in the state. Additionally, some professions require further licensing for lawful operation. It is important that you and/or your business maintain proper licensure so as to remain in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws.

If you need assistance obtaining, renewing, or checking the status of your professional licensure, contact the Philadelphia professional licensing attorneys at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim. Our firm assists entrepreneurs, new business owners, established companies, and others in all aspects of business and professional licensing. With more than two decades of combined experience, our business attorneys are prepared to address your concerns, ensure professional licensing compliance on your behalf, and guide you through any challenges that may arise.

To learn more, including how we can assist you with your professional licensing needs, contact us online or call (215) 486-0123 for a complimentary consultation.

What Business Licenses Are Required in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, you are required to obtain a business license before conducting or operating a business anywhere in the state. The exact type of business license you may need will depend on the goods and services your company provides, as well as its structure. Additionally, you may be subject to certain local/municipal licensing and permit requirements.

Some examples of common business licenses you may need include:

  • Sales tax licenses/seller’s permits
  • Commercial activity license (Philadelphia)
  • Environmental licenses
  • Zoning permits
  • Specific profession licenses

Additionally, you may require a federal license to operate certain businesses, such as investment advising, broadcasting, lawful drug manufacturing, and more.

What Is the Sales Tax License?

Also known as a seller’s permit, a sales tax license is the basic license that allows you to sell goods, products, and/or services. Most businesses in Pennsylvania must have a sales tax license, and many require additional licensing. The sales tax license is the only state-level permit in Pennsylvania.

You must obtain a sales tax license/seller’s permit if you:

  • Conduct business in the state of Pennsylvania
  • Sell or intend to sell or lease real, tangible property and/or certain services that are typically subject to sales tax when sold for retail

To obtain a sales tax license, you may apply online with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. You will need to provide certain records and information during the application process. Our Philadelphia business license attorneys can help you prepare and/or apply for a sales tax license, renew an existing license, or navigate any related matter.

What Types of Professions Require Licensing in Pennsylvania?

Certain professions require additional licensure beyond the basic state and/or municipal requirements.

Examples include:

  • Childcare providers/facilities
  • Restaurants, food trucks, and other food businesses
  • Real estate agents and offices
  • Street vendors
  • Factories
  • Tattoo artists/body artists
  • Tobacco retailers
  • Bouncers and bouncer training services

These are just some examples; other professionals may be required to obtain special licensing in order to lawfully conduct business in the state of Pennsylvania. We strongly recommend that you reach out to an attorney at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim to learn more, including how our firm can assist you in obtaining or maintaining your professional license. Our Philadelphia professional licensing attorneys have more than 20 years of combined experience and can help ensure that you remain in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.

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