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Business Licensing, Permitting, and Regulations

State of Ohio Requirements:
Businesses in the State of Ohio typically must register with the Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and with the Ohio Department of Taxation. Many businesses must register as a legal entity with the State of Ohio. In addition, employers must follow the requirements of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Lastly, there are State of Ohio licensing/permitting requirements specific to certain types of businesses. More information about all of the above can be found at:

Hamilton County Requirements:
Businesses must apply to the Hamilton County Auditor for a Vendors License, which authorizes a business to make taxable sales and collect sales tax. More information can be found at:

City of Cincinnati Requirements:

Most businesses do not need a license to operate within the City of Cincinnati. However, please visit our Department of Finance to view and download applications for those industries and activities that do require a license or permit.

For more information contact:

Department of Trade & Development
Phone: (513) 352-2499
Fax: (513) 352-6124



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