Kentucky business licenses

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What should I know about business licenses in Kentucky?

Kentucky business leaders are projecting continued economic and business expansion in their state over at least the next five years. Urban centers are seeing big development and construction projects fueling employment and a definite financial boom. 

Tourism is also a big component of Kentucky's economy, with entrepreneurs reporting tourism-related businesses enjoying increasing revenue since the state recovered from the 2008 recession.

How do business licenses work in Kentucky?

Obtaining a business license in Kentucky involves finding out if you need one or more permits or regulatory licenses related to the type of business you are opening. Regulatory permits and/or licenses cover the sale of particular products or services. In addition, different businesses licenses are issued by a variety of state agencies. 

Some business licenses are issued by local agencies, while others must be obtained by applying to both state and local agencies. Also, if you want to operate your business under an assumed label or name, you will need to register your business (whether a partnership, LLC, or corporation) with the Kentucky Secretary of State Department.

State facts

  • Every Corvette in the world has been manufactured in Bowling Green, whose manufacturing facility has produced over 1 million Corvettes since its start. The first Corvette rolled off the assembly line on June 1, 1981.

  • Georgetown, Kentucky, is home to the largest Toyota manufacturing plant in the world. This plant is the first completely USA-owned Toyota vehicle plant.

  • There are more miles of water for people to use in Kentucky than any other state, save for Alaska. Kentucky also has the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the continental 48 states.

State Rates

Kentucky sales tax rates updated monthly

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