Federal, State & Local Licenses & Permits

Licenses and PermitsCertain types of businesses require Federal, State and/or Local licenses or permits prior to legally operating. Obtaining the Federal, State and/or Local licenses and permits necessary to start or run your business can seem overwhelming and cumbersome. The Boston  License Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can help you and your business obtain the Federal, State or Local licenses and permits you require.

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Federal Licenses and Permits:

These are some of the more common types of Federal licenses or permits that the Licensing Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can help you and your business with:

Radio and Television Broadcasting

Any individual or business that broadcasts information by radio, television, wire, satellite or cable may be required to obtain a license from The Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The FCC has recently partnered with other organizations to assist small business in the use and development of new technologies. Contact the License Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC for assistance completing and filing an application through the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), Broadcast Radio and Television Electronic Filing System (CDBS), Cable Operations and Licensing System (COALS), International Bureau Electronic Filing System (MyIBFS) or the OET Experimental Licensing System Electronic Filing (for forms 442, 405, 702, 703 and requests for Special Temporary Authority).

Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires businesses and individuals who import or transport animals, animal products, biologics, biotechnology or plants across state lines to apply for and obtain a permit. Similarly, if you or your business imports or transports these types of agricultural products into the United States you will be required to comply with various entry and permit requirements established by the USDA and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The Jacobs Law LLC can advise you on the entry and permit requirements applicable to the specific agricultural products you intend to import and help to prevent costly delays, and penalties and loss of merchandise.

Alcoholic Beverages

Any business that manufactures, imports, or sells alcoholic beverages (including beer, liquor, malt beverages, and wine) at a retail location or wholesale must register the business and obtain certain federal permits (for tax purposes) with the U.S. Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). There are also license requirements at the state level (Alcoholic Beverage Control Boards) as well as possibly the local / municipal level. This application process must be coordinated, and can be quite cumbersome. Even minor mistakes or missing documents or information can result in a denial or significant delays of your license or permit application. The License Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can assist you with the process of obtaining and completing the documentation required, and filing the application for alcoholic beverage licenses and permits related to the import, wholesale, retail sale and manufacture of liquor, beer, malt beverages, and/or wine.

Fish and Wildlife

Businesses engaged in wildlife related activities such as the import or export of wildlife or products derived from wildlife, must apply for and obtain the appropriate permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The License Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can assist you with the process of filing an application for licenses and permits related to the import, wholesale, retail sale and manufacture of Alcoholic Beverages.

 Commercial Fisheries

Any business engaged in commercial fishing is required to obtain a license for fishing activities from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service. The Licensing Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can assist you with some of these common fishery-related licenses and permits: HMS International Trade Permit, Atlantic Tunas and Atlantic HMS Permit, Atlantic Tuna Dealer Permit, HMS Chartering Permit, HMS Angling Vessel Permit, Commercial Swordfish or Shark Dealer Permit, Shark Research Fishery/Exempted Fishing Permit, and HMS Tournament Registration.

Maritime Transportation

A business that provides ocean-based shipping of cargo or transportation by sea is required to obtain a license from the Federal Maritime Commission. Related licenses and/or permits include those for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries, Ocean Freight Forwarder, Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers or Vessel Operating Common Carriers, Passenger Vessel Operators, and Marine Terminal Operators. Applications for these licenses can appear quite burdensome, and there are substantial prerequisites for approval. For example, depending on the type of registered entity (i.e. sole proprietorship, partnership, etc.) the applicant must be an active managing partner, corporate officer  or partner and be a ‘qualified individual’ as defined by 46 C.F.R. §§ 515.2(i), 515.2(l), and 515.11(a). For example, the qualifying individual must have a minimum of three years experience in the ocean transportation intermediary business to be approved. The Licensing Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can provide guidance to those seeking a license from the Federal Maritime Commission.

Mining and Drilling

Businesses that drill for natural gas, oil or other mineral resources on federal lands may be required to obtain a drilling permit from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and/or Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (formerly the Minerals Management Service). If you require assistance completing an Application for Permit to Drill or Application for Permit to Modify, contact the Licensing Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC.

State and Local Licenses & Permits:

State and local (or municipal) licenses and permits are an often overlooked requirement for many businesses. The failure to comply with state and local licensing and permiting rules and regulations can result in the forced termination of your business, fines and penalties and, in some cases, criminal consequences. The Licensing Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can help you or your business determine what licenses and permits your specific type of business requires, and then gather, complete and file the documentation necessary to apply for the required business licenses and permits.

Some of the more common state and local / municipal licenses and permits required to start and run your business are discussed below:

Professional and Trade Licenses

Professional and Trade Licenses include licenses for plumbers and gas fitters, hair dressers and salons, electricians, and many more. The Jacobs Law LLC assists individuals and businesses that have received Complaints (Order to Show Cause) from the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure. Click here for more information. If you have received an Order to Show Cause, The Jacobs Law LLC can help. Click here to read more about how an Order to Show Cause is handled.

Environmental and Natural Resource Regulations and Permits

The Licensing Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can advise you on compliance with Environmental and Natural Resource regulations as well as permit and license applications to the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Recreation (for well-drilling, timber harvesting, and dam safety permits), The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and The Department of Telecommunications and Energy.

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) licenses and monitors the manufacture, import, export, storage, transport, quality, and sales of all alcoholic beverages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you or your business engage in any of these activities you must apply to both the ABCC in Massachusetts as well as the U.S. Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). (Click Here for more information) The Licensing Legal Counsel at The Jacobs Law LLC can assist you with completing and filing the application and related documentation necessary to comply with license requirements at the State and Federal levels.

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Business Licenses & Permits

A Business Lawyer at The Jacobs Law LLC can assist you in all aspects of your federal, state and municipal licensing and permitting applications, maintenance and renewals. Our Business Attorneys have experience handling licensing and permitting matters at all levels. Contact a Boston Business Attorney at The Jacobs Law LLC today to get assistance with federal, state and municipal licenses and permits.