Are You Operating Legally: Licenses and Permits Requirements
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In light of everything that's been going on, it makes sense that some aspects of your businesses may have fallen through the cracks or may have been overlooked. One such item: all necessary licenses and permits. Not only that but now with new pandemic regulations in place in most areas, you need to ensure that you are abiding by those as well. If you have been somewhat lax on this front, now is the time to get back on track. Keep reading to find out more.
New pandemic requirements
The pandemic protocol is not necessarily attached to any sort of permit per se, but they're most definitely are guidelines out there that every business has to follow. And while some businesses may not take these seriously, make no doubt about it, these rules are being reinforced rather stringently.
For example, in Los Angeles, once restaurants were allowed to reopen there was a host of safety and pandemic protocol rules attached. By mid-June, cases of the virus started to spike again. Eateries were evaluated and consequently by early July, they had to close their doors.
Take the time to understand exactly what is expected of you upon reopening in this climate. Each state is different; for that matter, some cities and towns also have their restrictions. Know what these are; otherwise, you could risk having to close up shop yet again.
Licenses and permits
Many industries require certain licenses and/or permits for you to operate legally. For instance, any business which deals with alcoholic beverages is going to be regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. If you require the operation of any form of aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration could come knocking at your door if not in compliance.
Most businesses that do have to get licensed will likely be licensed through their state of operation. Fees and expenses associated with this process differ not only from state to state but industry to industry. However, if you fail to get the necessary permits etc. you could be shut down. The purpose of such permits is a regulatory one; that is to say, it keeps every company on the same page and operating by best and safest practices.
Here are a few other types of permits/licenses companies may need to look into:
- Parking lot permit
- Zoning permit
- Daycare license
- Accounting license
- Environmental permits
Getting permits now
Because of the current situation, it may be a more difficult process that you have to go through to get the proper permits/licenses. With not all government employees back in offices, and government buildings still restricted, it could prove tricky. Start online with your state website. You might be able to do much of the application right there online, or at the very least you can download the forms and have them ready. There are also third-party companies out there who can help you procure what you need.