Obtaining a Business License
The State of Montana does not have a General Business License. However, some counties or cities may have licensing requirements.
All incorporated construction contractors and construction contractors with employees must register. Construction contractors without employees, plumbers and electricians may register but registration is not required. You can register with the Employment Relations Division. You can call the ERD at 406-444-7734.
Register with the Department of Labor and Industry Independent Contractor Central Unit or by phone at 406-444-9029.
For all Medical Marijuana inquiries, visit the Department of Public Health and Human Services: Montana Marijuana Program, or by phone at 406-444-0596 or 444-2676.
Obtain or renew your license for Food Purveyor, Off-Premise Beer & Wine, Tobacco Retail & Wholesale, Nursery, Underground Storage Tanks, Petroleum Dealers (Meters) and Weighing Devices (Scales), or by phone at 406-444-3506.
Food and Consumer Safety
Obtain license information and guidelines for retail food service, wholesale food, public accommodations, trailer courts, campgrounds, pools, spas, body art facilities and other institutions. Go to Food and Consumer Safety or call 406-444-2408.
Professional and Occupational Licensing
There are certain types of businesses that are required to register and be licensed by the state. The Business Standards Division listing of License Types and Board/Program Associations is a tool to help individuals discover which state, federal or local office they need to contact for professional licenses and business certifications. You can also reach the BSD by phone at 406-841-2300.
Licensed Occupations List
An A-Z listing of occupations including details on the licensing requirement, applicable fees, as well as information on average wages and the employment outlook. Go to Licensed Occupations List or contact them at 800-541-3904 or 406-444-2430.