The Governor's Office of Economic Development wants to make the licensing and permitting process as simple and painless as possible for your business. Here at your fingertips are the necessary contacts for getting your business up and running. We are glad to be of assistance, helping you to navigate through this process. There is no general business license for the State of Montana. However, some cities do require a local business license. Check with your City's government offices.
The Montana Department of Commerce's Business Resources Division provides a start-up and licensing information guide as a tool to help individuals discover which state, federal or local office they need to contact for professional licenses and business certifications.
Visit the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's website for your environmental permitting, licensing, accreditation, certification, application needs. For any specific questions you have, please feel free to contact the Permitting and Compliance Division. The Permitting and Compliance Division (PCD) reviews and assesses all environmental permit and license applications to determine the correct control measures and requirements needed to meet the laws and rules that have been enacted to protect the quality of the state's air, water, and land.
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry's Business Standards Division consists of the Building Codes, Business and Occupational Licensing, Health Care Licensing and Weights and Measures Bureaus. The site offers a multitude of features for license application and license renewal or for checking the status of the licensed professional you are conducting business with through the Licensee Lookup System. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can download building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and elevator permit applications.
The Montana Department of Revenue’s Citizen Service Call Center is available to assist you with questions about taxes, licenses, and fees that the department administers. You can learn more about these taxes, licenses, and fees at the Department of Revenue’s web site. The department also provides a One-Stop Licensing program that includes 7 different licenses or fees that you can obtain through one application. You can find more information about the One-Stop Licensing program at onestoplicensing.mt.gov. You also can call a customer service representative toll-free at 1-866-859-2254 (in Helena, 444-6900).
All businesses and non-profits are required to register with the Montana Secretary of State's office. You can find all of the business filing forms online at the Secretary of State's website.