Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a license or permit to operate my business? Where do I get it?

For State of Maine Licenses and permits, go to Business Answers where you will find the Business Licensing Assistant. Choose the second option, “Search for a license or permit,” and you will be asked to enter a keyword and/or agency. This is helpful for those searching for a particular license or permit to renew it, for example.

If you prefer talking to one of our Governor's Account Executives to go through the one-stop licensing process, just contact Business Answers through our toll-free telephone line (1-800-872-3838).

Local Regulations and Permits are the responsibility of local, city and town governments. In all cases you are advised to inquire about relevant local regulations at the city hall/town office in the community where you plan to conduct business.

Local resources – Several regional and local organizations provide business counseling and other services. [Link: this will be to Regional Economic Development Organizations page on Links page.]