I want to start a construction business. What license and/or permits will I need?

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Question: I have been working for someone building houses and doing general construction for 6 years and I am thinking about starting my own business. What kind of licenses and permits do I need to start my own construction business? I want to start out just doing renovations and stuff and then maybe one day build houses.

Response: In general, construction is a heavily regulated industry. You may need both a business license and/or permits in order to start your own construction business, depending on the laws of the state that you live in. You also must comply with permit requirements before building any structures, and in some cases zoning requirements may also come into play. It is advisable to talk to an experienced attorney prior to opening your business so you can understand exactly what state and local permits you need to begin this type of business.

Answered by Christy Rakoczy

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