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1. BUSINESS ENTITY REGISTRATION
Sole Proprietorship & General Partnership
A Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership doing business under a name other than the name of the owner requires a DBA (Doing Business As) Certificate with the county in which the business is being conducted. The counties usually have a searchable database of the listed business names used. Filing a DBA does not secure nor protect your business name. All types of business entities (SP, LLC, INC, etc.) must file a DBA within the county they are doing business in.
2. COMMERCIAL PERMITTING & ENFORCEMENT
Authority: City of Houston
Department: Administration and Regulatory Affairs (ARA)
Permits are issued yearly for Second-Hand Merchandise; Roadside Vendors (Non-food Roadside Vendors are NOT Beverages); Amusement & Game Machines (Non-Food); Flea Markets; Dance Halls; Scrap Dealers; Mini Warehouses; Loudspeaker Operation & Others.
For Hotel Occupancy Tax, call 713-368-2000 for the Harris County Tax Assessor.
For Out-Of-Business permits, call the HCAD at 713-957-5627
3. INSURANCE, DEPARTMENT OF
Phone: 1-800-252-3439; 512-322-3503
Insurance agencies, sales, continuing care facilities. Also regulates Amusement Rides & BUNGEE, Adjusters & Title Insurers (512-322-4361), Bail bondsmen (512-322-3503).
Additional Business requirements may be needed.
THE CITY OF HOUSTON ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR FAILURE TO OBTAIN ALL NECESSARY OPERATING PERMITS, LICENCES, OR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.