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Permits & Licenses

Starting a business (or buying an existing business) requires an understanding of local, state and federal requirements to legally operate the business. The required permits, licenses and registrations can vary depending on the type of business, how the business is structured, where the business is located, etc.

The Kentucky Business One-Stop Portal should be your first step to learn more about the permitting and licensing process. The easy-to-use site offers valuable information about the requirements and tools you need to own and operate a business in Kentucky.

The Cabinet for Economic Development’s Business Information Clearinghouse also provides free assistance regarding business permitting and licensing issues. For additional information or assistance, please email cedsbsd@ky.gov or call (800) 626-2250.


Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development   Old Capitol Annex  300 West Broadway   Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-7140 (local)   800-626-2930 (toll free)