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Checklist for Starting a New Business

The City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge is committed to encouraging, supporting, and assisting new business development in the parish. Development provides a major contribution to economic growth. As a result, the Revenue Division has established the Taxpayer Assistance Section. This section provides individuals and businesses with information on City-Parish licenses, permits, and other requirements for operation of a business within East Baton Rouge Parish.

Following is a guide for individuals who are interested in starting a new business in the parish. The checklist indicates the local, state, and federal departments or agencies that issue licenses and permits and other requirements for opening a new business. You must contact each of the offices designated for the specific purposes noted. The requirements of each governmental agency, as well as the fees charged, are included on the checklist.

We hope you find this information useful. If you need further assistance regarding the start of your new business or local tax matters, please contact the Revenue Division at (225) 389-3084 or e-mail the Finance Department.

Secretary of State

Department of Public Works

Local Sales Tax

Occupational License

State Sales Taxes

Planning and Zoning

Health Department

Local Alcohol Beverage Control

State Alcohol Beverage Commission

Unemployment Insurance and Worker's Compensation

Federal Taxes

Baton Rouge Police Department

     Second Hand Dealers License

     Pawnshop Broker License

SECRETARY OF STATE

You must contact the Secretary of State's Office if you wish to incorporate your business.

Secretary of State External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge
8585 Archives Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA  70809
(225) 925-4704


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

You must contact one of the following agencies for a zoning clearance. For Conforming Letters, the owner, officer of the corporation or legal representative must complete and sign the application.

City-Parish
DPW Inspection Division

300 North 10th Street
Old Baton Rouge Jr. High School
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 389-3226
Department of Public Works Website
 

Zoning Clearances:
Commercial - $65
Cash, Visa, MC & Discover
5% Fee for Credit Cards

 

City of Baker
Inspection Division

3325 Groom Road
Baker, LA  70714
(225) 778-0850
www.cityofbakerla.com
 

Contact jurisdiction for information.

City of Central
6703 Sullivan Road
P. O. Box 384
Central, LA  70739
(225) 262-5000
www.centralgov.com
 

Contact jurisdiction for information.

City of Zachary
Inspection Division
4650 Main Street
City Hall Annex
Zachary, LA  70791
(225) 654-6873
www.cityofzachary.org

 

Contact jurisdiction for information.

What you will need:

  • Location Address

LOCAL SALES TAX

City-Parish Finance Department
Revenue Division

City Hall
222 St. Louis Street, Room 404
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 389-3084
www.brgov.com/dept/finance
 

For no-fixed location or flea market:

$100 deposit-Cash or certified funds


 

What you will need:

  • Cash or Certified Funds Only

  • Picture Identification

  • Corporate Charter (if corporation)

Partnership Agreement (if partnership)
 


OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE

City-Parish Finance Department
Revenue Division

City Hall
222 St. Louis Street, Rm. 404
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 389-3084
 

$25 - $50 Fee
Cash or Check

City of Baker
Finance Department
City Hall
3325 Groom Road
Baker, LA  70714
(225) 778-1751
www.cityofbakerla.com
 
Contact jurisdiction for information.

City of Central
6703 Sullivan Road
P. O. Box 384
Central, LA  70739
(225) 262-5000
www.centralgov.com
 

Contact jurisdiction for information.

City of Zachary
City Hall, Permit Department
4650 Main Street
Zachary, LA  70791
(225) 654-6873
www.cityofzachary.org
 

Contact jurisdiction for information.

 

What you will need:

  • Picture Identification

  • Corporate Charter (if corporation)

  • Partnership Agreement (if partnership)


PLANNING AND ZONING

You must contact one of the following agencies only if you are rezoning your property. The owner, officer of the corporation, or legal representative must complete and sign the application.

City-Parish
Planning Commission

1100 Laurel Street
Suite 104
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 389-3144
www.brgov.com/dept/planning
 

$375 for first acre
$75 for each additional acre

Check or Money Order Only

 

 

City of Baker
Inspection Division
City Hall
3325 Groom Road
Baker, LA  70714
(225) 778-0850
www.cityofbakerla.com

 
Contact jurisdiction for information.

City of Central
6703 Sullivan Road
P. O. Box 384
Central, LA 70739
(225) 262-5000
www.centralgov.com
 

Contact jurisdiction for information.

City of Zachary
City Hall Annex
Planning and Zoning
4650 Main Street
Zachary, LA  70791
(225) 654-1935
www.cityofzachary.org

 

Contact jurisdiction for information.

What you will need:

  • Location Address

  • Survey Map

  • Legal Description of Property

  • Scale Layout of Proposal


HEALTH DEPARTMENT

You must contact the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit if you are selling food, beverages, and/or alcohol.

East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit
Sanitation Section
353 North 12th Street
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 242-4860, ext. 5

Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals

 

$100 Restaurant Fee
$100 Bar/Lounge Fee
$175 Restaurant/Lounge Fee

Check or Money Order payable to: DHHOPH
 

What you will need:

  • Location Address

  • Zoning Clearance


LOCAL ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROL

You must contact one of the following agencies if you are selling alcoholic beverages.

City-Parish Alcoholic Beverage Control Office
10500 Coursey Blvd., Suite 202
Clerk of Court Building
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
(225) 389-3364
ABC Office

 
Cash or Certified Funds
City of Baker
Finance Department
City Hall
3325 Groom Road
Baker, LA  70714
(225) 778-1751
www.cityofbakerla.com
 
Contact jurisdiction for information.

City of Central
www.centralgov.com External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge
 

Contact the City-Parish ABC Office

City of Zachary
Permit Department
City Hall
4650 Main Street
Zachary, LA  70791
(225) 654-6873
www.cityofzachary.org
 
Contact jurisdiction for information.
  • Notice of Intent Application

$564 Fee

  • Beer & Liquor Licenses

$20 - $505 Fee per License Type

  • Service Permits

Call ABC Office

What you will need:

  • Local Sales Tax Registration or Clearance
  • Approved Health Permit (EBRP Health Unit)
  • Copy of Lease Agreement or Assessment Certificate
  • Copy of Purchase Agreement if Purchasing Property
  • Completed & Notarized Schedule A on each Owner
  • Completed & Notarized Schedule A on each Owner’s Spouse
  • Final Inspection Report (Dept. of Public Works)
  • Zoning Conforming Letter
  • Property Zoning (if necessary)
  • Occupational License
  • Copy of each Owner’s Drivers License
  • Copy of each Spouse’s Drivers License
  • Vendor/Server Training Class
  • Attendance Certificate

STATE ALCOHOL BEVERAGE COMMISSION

You must contact the following agency if you are selling alcoholic beverages.

ATC Commission
8585 Archives Avenue, Suite 305
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 925-4041
www.atc.rev.state.la.us External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge


STATE SALES TAXES AND INCOME TAXES

All new businesses must contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation for the following:

  • Sales Tax Registration

  • State I.D. Number

  • State Income Tax Withholding

Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation
617 North 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 219-7462 - Sales Tax
(225) 219-0102 - Income Tax
www.rev.state.la.us


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND WORKER’S COMPENSATION

All new businesses must contact the following agency:

Louisiana Workforce Commission
1001 North 23rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 342-3111
www.laworks.net


FEDERAL TAXES

All new businesses must contact the following agency:

Internal Revenue Service/Taxpayer Assistance
2600 City Place Centre
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
(225) 343-8625
Business Income Tax - 1-800-829-4933
Individual Income Tax - 1-800-829-1040
www.irs.gov


BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

You must contact the Baton Rouge Police Department if you wish to buy and sell used goods.

Second Hand Dealers License

Alarm Enforcement Division
704 Mayflower  Street
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 389-3802
 

Fees: 
$20 - Employee
$25 - Owner
Cash, Check, or Money Order

What you will need:

  • Picture Identification

  • A criminal history is checked on all applicants.

  • Convicted felons cannot possess a secondhand dealers license.

Pawnshop Broker License

Alarm Enforcement Division
704 Mayflower Street
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 389-3802
 

Fees:
$15 - Employee
$25 - Owner
Cash or Check

What you will need:

  • Picture Identification

  • A criminal history is checked on all applicants.

  • Convicted felons cannot possess a pawnbroker license and cannot work in a pawnshop business.

 

Revised 7/18/14