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Business Licensing and Permitting

Learn about certain requirements for all businesses, and other requirements related to specific industries.

Obtain Licenses and Permits for Regulated Businesses

What are regulatory licenses?

Regulatory licenses help the UG ensure that businesses in certain industries are operating according to particular standards. These regulatory licenses are different from occupation taxes in that certain standards or qualifications related to the business industry must be met or maintained to receive or keep them.

A list of common regulatory licenses can be found below. Most licenses are revocable if their relevant standards are not upheld and generally expire one year after issuance. The most common licenses issued by Business Licensing are for:

How can I find out more about regulatory licenses?

Applications for various regulatory licenses can be found above. For help completing these forms, please contact the Business License Division at (913) 573-8780.

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Obtain a Food Business Licensing from the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture

What is a Food Business License?

A Food Business License is issued by the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Food Safety and Lodging, which regulates food safety in the state.

Food businesses encompass establishments such as restaurants, bakeries, bars, micro markets, food vending machines, food processing plants, dairy operations, and meat or poultry plants.

Why You Might Need a Food Business License

Your food business may need a Food Business License if you plan to prepare and serve food to the public. In Kansas, it is illegal to operate a food service establishment without a valid license.

How to Obtain a Food Business License

The process to obtain a Food Business License can take several weeks, so it's important to plan ahead. The length of time it takes to obtain a Food Business License can vary depending on the completeness of your application and any additional review required by the Division of Food Safety and Lodging. 

Generally, the process involves completing an application, submitting the required documentation, undergoing an inspection, and passing a health and safety examination. You may also need to provide proof of insurance and attend a hearing with the Division of Food Safety and Lodging. Once your application is approved and all fees are paid, you will be issued a Health Permit.

You can learn more and begin the application process for a Food Business License by visiting the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Website.

General Contractors License

What is a General Contractor License in Wyandotte County, Kansas?

A General Contractor License is a permit issued by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas to individuals or businesses that wish to engage in construction activities within the county. The license is required to ensure that contractors meet the standards set forth by the local government for quality of work and compliance with building codes and regulations.

Why Might My Business Need It?

As a construction business owner, you may need a General Contractor License in order to operate legally within Wyandotte County. Without this license, you may not be able to obtain building permits, bid on construction projects, or even start work on a project within the county.

Additionally, obtaining a General Contractor License demonstrates to potential clients that your business is reputable and operates according to industry standards. It can help you win more business and build trust with your clients.

How Long Does It Typically Take?

The process of obtaining a General Contractor License in Wyandotte County typically takes several weeks to a few months, depending on the complexity of the application and the workload of the county officials responsible for reviewing and issuing the license.

Obtain a Roofing Contractor Registration Certificate

What is Registration with the State Attorney General's Office?

Registering with the State Attorney General's Office in Kansas involves filing a registration statement and providing certain information about your roofing business. This registration is required by the Kansas Roofing Registration Act (KRRA) and applies to any business that performs commercial or residential roofing services in the state.

Why might my business need it?

Registering with the State Attorney General's Office is a legal requirement for any roofing business operating in Kansas. Failure to register can result in penalties and fines. Additionally, registering with the State Attorney General's Office can help establish your business's credibility and trustworthiness with potential customers.

How much does it typically cost?

The cost of registering with the State Attorney General's Office in Kansas is $250 for the initial registration and $250 for renewal, which is required every two years.

How long does it typically take?

The registration process typically takes four to six weeks from the date the application is received. This includes the time for processing the application and conducting a background check.

Visit the State Attorney General’s Office website to learn more and register.

Cosmetology License

What is a Cosmetology License?

A cosmetology license is a legal document that authorizes an individual to provide beauty services in Kansas. It is issued by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology, which regulates and oversees the beauty industry in the state.

Why You Might Need a Cosmetology License

A cosmetology license is required for individuals who provide services such as hair cutting, styling, coloring, and nail care in Kansas. If you operate a beauty salon or provide beauty services in Kansas, you will need a cosmetology license to legally operate your business. A cosmetology license shows your clients that you have the necessary education and training to provide high-quality services.

Cost of a Cosmetology License

The cost of a cosmetology license in Kansas varies depending on the type of license you need. Generally, fees range from $55 to $130. There may be additional fees and requirements beyond the initial application fee, such as examination fees, renewal fees, and continuing education requirements.

Obtaining a Cosmetology License

The process to obtain a cosmetology license in Kansas can take several months. It typically involves completing an approved training program or apprenticeship, passing a written and practical exam, and submitting an application and fees to the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. The application process may also include providing proof of insurance and a background check.

Visit the Kansas Board of Cosmetology website to learn more and apply for a license.