Rhode Island business licenses

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What should I know about business licenses in Rhode Island?

The largest and most profitable industry in Rhode Island is the health care industry. Tourism, with over 40,000 jobs and sales exceeding $4.5 billion, comes in second. If a Rhode Islander is not working in health services or tourism, they are likely employed by a manufacturing business that makes metal products, ships/boats, electrical equipment, and various types of machinery.

When you apply for a business license in Rhode Island, you may also have to obtain one or more of the following permits, depending on the type of business you want to own: building, health, signage, occupational, liquor/tobacco, zoning, and alarm. 

You should also be aware that Rhode Island does not have state-level, general business licenses. Instead, a business license is given at local levels. This means prospective business owners must contact the Rhode Island county where they plan to open a business.

State facts

  • Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation while Alaska is the largest. It could fit into Alaska 425 times. Rhode Island is the second-most densely populated state in the U.S.

  • Rhode Island is nicknamed the “Ocean State” because one can get to the ocean from anywhere in the state in less than an hour’s drive – the state is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long.

  • Block Island wind farm is the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States. It is located 3.8 miles from Block Island, Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

State Rates

Rhode Island sales tax rates updated monthly

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Learn more about business licenses

Connect with Avalara to learn more about the licenses your business may require.