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Small Business Licensing Information

For a full list of State of Montana licenses, visit http://www.license.mt.gov.


Local City/County Licenses

Contact your local city and/or county office(s) to determine what licenses and registrations are required for businesses in your region.  Requirements may vary.


Professional & Occupational Licenses

Businesses that are engaged in specific, non-healthcare related professions and occupations are licensed and regulated.

Contact:
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Business and Occupational Licensing Bureau
(406) 841-2300
Website 


One-Stop Licenses

The Department of Revenue's One-Stop Licensing Program allows certain businesses to apply or renew up to seven (7) state licenses at once.  This method of licensing is especially convenient for grocery stores and convenience stores with gas pumps.  One-Stop Licenses include: Food Purveyor, Tobacco Retail & Wholesale, Off-Premise Beer and Wine, Nursery, Petroleum Dealer (Meters), Weighing Device (Scales) and Underground Storage Tanks.

Contact:
Montana Department of Revenue
One-Stop Licensing
(406) 444-6900
Website


Agriculture Licenses/Registrations/Certifications

Several types of licenses, registrations and certifications are issued by the Montana Department of Agriculture, including:

  • Licenses: Commodity Dealer, Feed Program, Fertilizer Dealer, Nursery, Pesticide Applicator, Pesticide Dealer, Private Farm Pesticide Applicator, Commodity Dealers and Warehouses, Produce, Seed Dealer
  • Registrations: Alfalfa Leaf Cutter Bee, Honey Bee (Apiary), Feed Product, Fertilizer Product, Pesticide Product
    Certifications: Organic, Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage, Potato, Export

Contact:
Montana Department of Agriculture
Technical Services Bureau
(406) 444-5400
Website 


Liquor Licenses

The Montana Department of Revenue's Liquor Licensing Division processes new retail, off-premises, wholesale and manufacturing license applications, brewery licensing, winery registrations and vendor permits.

Contact:
Montana Department of Revenue
Liquor Licensing Division
(406) 444-6900
Website


Gambling Licenses & Permits

The Department of Justice's Gambling Control Division handles the application and licensing process for gambling and casino-related activities.

Contact:
Montana Department of Justice
Gambling Control Division
(406) 444-1971
Website


Construction Contractor Registration

All incorporated construction contractors and construction contractors with employees must register with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry's Construction Contractor Registration Unit.  Construction contractors without employees, plumbers and electricians may register but registration is not required.

Contact:
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Construction Contractor Registration Unit
(406) 444-9586
Website


Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate

Montana workers are required by law to either be insured undre a workers' compensation policy, or they may apply for the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate (ICEC).

Contact:
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Independent Contractor Central Unit
(406) 444-9029
Website

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