If you happen to be a new entrepreneur and you want to set up a legitimate business things may be overwhelming especially if you have no one to guide you on your next steps. It would be easy for you to mix up and miss out a lot of important things that you would be needing to set-up the business. A lot of paperworks and permits has to be secured so it is important that you are aware of these things. You can write it down and create a checklist of all the things that you need to accomplish starting from the most important to the least urgent one. Also make sure to allocate a certain budget when obtaining these permits because it comes with a certain fee. The soonest that you can obtain the permits the better.
Obtaining a proper business permit should be number one on your list. Having a business permit means that you are authorized by our law to legally operate your business within a certain jurisdiction. Make sure that your business is in line with certain rules or else you won’t be able to secure a permit. For example you plan on setting up a lottery outlet which is not allowed near the church. For further clarifications you can pay a visit to the city engineering and planning office to clarify things.
If you plan on running an offshore business then it is advisable for you to open a corporate account instead of just a regular savings account. If you need help in opening a corporate bank account you can always approach any branch manager of your chosen local bank or a business consultancy firm and they can assist you with the process of obtaining one.
Sanitary permits will be needed if you are planning to set up a food business or anything that is perishable. They would need to send a sanitary inspector to check if your business area can comply with the standards that they have provided such as proper cooking and food preparation area, grease traps and proper waste disposal which would not have a negative effect on our environment. If you are planning to serve customers with cooked food they would also check the dining area for possible sanitation issues such as pests and rodents infestation.
Fire permits are also needed because this will be the basis of compensation in case a fire breaks out and resulted to damage of properties. This is very important especially if you’re in the business of selling flammable items such as clothing and chemicals.