Would You Like a License With That?

Among the requirements for starting a new business, one of the most commonly overlooked is licensing. In New Jersey, over 700 different types of businesses require some type of special license, permit, certificate, or inspection. Punishments for failure to acquire the right type of state permission can range from small fines to lengthy imprisonment! So, when working with your business formation attorney, be sure to ask about licensing requirements for your new business. Here are some of the more unusual businesses which require a New Jersey license:

  • A “Drop Zone Parachuting” Business requires a license from the Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, so look before you leap!
  • It may be putting makeup on a pig, but any “Garbage Feeding Swine” Business needs a license from the Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health.
  • Got milk? In a vending machine? Then you’ll need a license from the Department of Agriculture, Division of Dairy & Commodity Regulation.
  • Planning on writing resumes for people? A “Resume Writing Service” requires a license from the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs.
  • It’s not just pillow talk. Any business that sells or manufactures pillows needs permission from the Department of Health and Senior Services, Consumer Environmental Health Services.
  • Here’s a lesson. Even a Home Tutor is legally supposed to get a license from the Department of Education, Division of Licensing!

So the moral of the story is be careful about getting the right license! Even businesses which might seem harmless may need to meet certain state requirements before legally operating in New Jersey. If you’re not sure, ask your local small business attorney.