Once you have registered your business entity, the next step is to check if your business requires a license or a permit. A business license is required to ensure smooth operations although not all businesses in Kansas require the same. Some of the licenses in the state are considered as “regulatory” and mostly relate to the following:
- Health and safety
- Building and construction
A business license in Kansas can be issued by the state or the city or county. There are several departments that issue a variety of licenses and permits. For instance if you were to start a company selling or making bio-fuels then the licensing information and processing will be done by the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA).
How to Get a Business License in Kansas
Where and how do you apply for a Kansas company license? Are permits required for your business entity? Does the business entity require a single license or multiple permits or licenses? Who is the issuing authority for these licenses or permits? The only way to answer these questions is by understanding the process of business licensing.
There are two steps in acquiring a business license in the state of Kansas and they are:
The Industry and Business Operation
It is extremely important to identify the industry that your business is a part of. This will help you to narrow down on the type of business license you require. It will also help you to determine if you require a single license, multiple licenses, permits etc. Let’s look at an example to understand how the process works.
If you have been planning to start a food business then the type of Kansas company license will depend on the type of food business. In the state of Kansas, food business can be further categorized as:
- Food Establishment: This is considered to be an establishment that delivers or offers food directly to the consumer and includes restaurants, bakeries, convenience stores, bars, and mobile food vendors.
- Food vending machines: This is classified as a self-service device, which, upon receiving payment, will dispense unit serving of food, in packages or in bulk.
- Food processing plant: This type of business operation includes manufacturers, packagers, labelers or units that store food for human consumption.
- Dairy operation: A dairy operation would include a dairy manufacturing plant, milk or dairy product distribution outlet, milk or cream receiving station, a milk hauler, manufacture of single service dairy containers, etc.
Once you have identified the type of business like a restaurant in this case, then the next step would be to submit “Food Safety Plans” to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. SAMPLE PLAN APPLICATION
It takes 1-2 weeks to review the plans. Once approved, a licensing inspection will be scheduled. A food safety inspector will conduct the inspection and a business license in Kansas will issued only after successful inspection. APPLICATION FOR FOOD ESTABLISHMENT LICENSE
Who issues the License?
Who is responsible for the issuance of a Kansas company license? What is the annual fee? Do I need to renew it? These are some of the important questions to consider as licenses pertaining to different industries are issued by different government authorities. Let’s look at the Food Establishment example to clearly understand this.
- Business License Issuer – Kansas Department of Agriculture, Food Safety & Lodging
- Fee for food establishment license – The fee for food establishment license depends on the total area.
If the area of your restaurant is less than 5,000 sq. ft. then the total fee would be Application Fee ($300.00) + License Fee ($250) = $550
If the area of your restaurant is between 10,001 and 50,000 sq. ft. then the total business license fee would be Application Fee ($350.00) + License Fee ($500) = $850
- Validity of business license in Kansas – The validity period for all food establishment licenses is from April 1st to March 31st and has to be renewed annually.