Regulations for Starting a Business
There are a variety of local, state and federal regulations that can apply to starting a business including everything from local zoning to obtaining a federal tax identification number. The most common areas of concern for new businesses are:
- tax registration
- payroll/income taxes
- incorporation filing requirement
- business licenses
- building permits
- health regulations
- environmental regulations
State and local licenses may also be required.
State of Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Business Helpline: 1-800-435-7287
- Business Wizard The Business Wizard will guide you through a series of questions to determine which resources and regulatory entities are needed.
- State Licensing and Permitting Database Check to determine if your business must obtain a state license, permits, registration.
- Business Registration To do business in Wisconsin as C Corporation, S corporation, Limited Liability Corporation or limited partnership, the business must be registered with the Department of Financial Institutions
- DNR Permit Primer Step-by-step, question-and-answer tour of the DNR regulatory programs.
- Department of Workforce Development for Workers Compensation, Unemployment and Equal Rights requirements.
- Department of Revenue for obtaining a Business Tax Registration and other tax related permits.
- Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
- All new business with the exception of sole proprietorships is required to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) from the Internal Revenue Service.
- Local municipalities—cities, villages, townships, and counties may have licensing and zoning oversight for existing and new businesses. The business location needs to be zoned for business uses or a conditional use permit may be required. Frequently home based businesses need a permit.
- Check with your local, municipality, or county economic development organization for specific requirements.