Guide to Obtaining a Connecticut Business License

Updated on December 21, 2023

I. Introduction

Properly registering your business is vital for legally operating in Connecticut. This guide covers who needs a license, different license types, steps to apply, costs, required documents, maintaining compliance, and considerations for specific industries. Read on to learn the licensing process for legally running your Connecticut business!

II. Who Needs a Business License in Connecticut?

Most commercial enterprises in CT require some form of licensing, including LLCs, corporations, retailers, restaurants, service providers, rental properties, contractors, and independent professionals.

Penalties for non-compliance can include fines of $100+ per violation, charges for unlicensed practice, or business closure after multiple offenses.

III. Understanding Connecticut Business Licenses

Common Connecticut licenses include:

  • Local business licenses – Required in most municipalities
  • Sales tax permits – For taxable goods/services
  • Trades licenses – Construction, automotive, healthcare, etc.
  • Specialized industry licenses – Liquor, tourism, agriculture, etc.

IV. Preparing to Apply for a License

First, use Connecticut’s Business License Finder to identify the specific permits and registrations needed for your activities and locations.

You’ll also need to gather supporting documents, ownership details, formation paperwork, commercial lease agreements, etc. License fees vary.

V. Step-by-Step Guide to Apply

Connecticut offers both online and paper license applications. We recommend applying digitally via the CONNCat One Stop.

To Apply Online:

  1. Create a CONNCat account
  2. Run the License Finder
  3. Select your required license types
  4. Complete eligibility questionnaires
  5. Submit ownership/business docs
  6. Pay all fees
  7. Download approved licenses

VI. After Submitting an Application

When applying online, license approval aims for 10 business days. Monitor your status via CONNCat.

If application issues occur, administrators will contact you needing clarification or additional details.

VII. Maintaining Compliance

To stay compliant in CT once approved:

  • Display licenses onsite
  • Renew licenses annually
  • Remit ongoing tax payments
  • Maintain required insurance coverage
  • Report changes to ownership, activities, locations

VIII. Obtaining Federal Registrations

Typical federal registrations also needed:

IX. Special Considerations

Special permit rules for liquor sellers, tourism operators, healthcare providers, commercial builders, professional service providers and more. Verify requirements with state agencies.

X. Registering Your Business Name

Register your official business name with the CT Secretary of the State.

XI. Connecticut Tax Permits

Common tax permits include Sales & Use Tax Permits, Room Occupancy Tax Permits, and Alcoholic Beverages Tax Permits.


  • Who Needs a Business License in Connecticut?
    Most commercial business entities need licenses to legally operate, including retailers, restaurants, service providers, rental property owners, contractors, and independent professionals.
  • What Do Licenses Cost in Connecticut?
    Fees range from $60 to $1,000+ depending on license type. Recurring renewal fees also apply.
  • How Long Does Approval Take?
    Online applications usually finalize in 10 business days. Paper applications take 4+ weeks.

XIII. Additional Resources

For more information, you can visit the Additional Resources page.

XIV. Final Thoughts

Properly licensing your Connecticut business keeps you operating legally and avoids penalties. Leverage available online filing options to accelerate approvals.

Priyank Singh

Priyank Singh, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Stilt, specializes in technology-driven financial solutions. He is having experience of starting FinTech Company, understanding regulations and coming up with creative solutions to solve difficult problems.