Business Permit Office
Our office’s goal is to foster the ease of doing business in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott is committed to upholding our state’s pro-business regulatory climate, ensuring that businesses have the freedom to flourish in Texas.
The Business Permit Office assists businesses in navigating Texas’ permitting, licensing and regulatory environment. The Office does not issue or administer any licenses or permits.
General Business License
The State of Texas does not require a general license. All entities that transact business in the State of Texas are required to register with the Secretary of State or county clerk’s office. As a result, the certificate of formation received from the Secretary of State’s office, or the assumed name certificate provided by the county clerk’s office, satisfies as the “general business license” requirement that exists within other states.
Texas Permits and Licenses for Specific Business Activities
Many specific business activities require permits or licenses. To determine which state-level business license or permit is required for your business activity, please visit the 2020 Texas Business Licenses & Permits Guide. It is also important to ensure that all permitting requirements are also met at the local level. You can find out about these requirements by contacting your local county and city government.
Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website for information about specific federal licenses and permits.
The Business Permits Office can assist businesses in the resolution of outstanding issues or delays experienced in permit applications or reviews.
Keeping Track of License and Permit Information
It is important to safely store your license and permit numbers, and know when they are due for renewal. You may use this useful License and Permit Tracker template to keep your federal, state and local licenses and permit information and numbers to safe and to hand.
COVID-19 Update: The Business Permit Office has published a list of helpful FAQs that address common permitting and licensing questions in relation to COVID-19.
If you have specific questions, you may email the Business Permit Office directly.