In the Town of Erie, anyone* engaged in business within the Town shall be licensed by the Town per Erie Municipal Code. Business Licenses may require a site visit and inspection.
Who Must Obtain a Business License
New businesses must apply for a business license. A business license is necessary for General Businesses (wholesale, retail, service, and manufacturing) and Home Occupation Businesses (home-based wholesale, retail, service, manufacturing, or daycare business where family members reside). Commercial Businesses must obtain a certificate of occupancy (PDF) inspection prior to opening.
Contractors, subcontractors, and tradesmen need to have a Town of Erie Contractors License AND a Business License. View information on Contractor Licenses.
Business License Information
Before you begin the application to obtain a Business License please note:
- Annual renewal is not required
- Businesses changing the name, ownership structure, or tax identification number must submit written notice within 30 days of the change
- Businesses changing locations or nature of the business must submit a new business license application
- There is No Fee for business licenses or home occupation licenses
How to Obtain a Business License
A Business License Application may be completed online using the Self-Service Portal. Login or register, and then select the Licenses Tab to apply for a Business License.
How to Obtain a Home Occupation Business License
A Home Occupation Business License Application may be completed online using the Self-Service Portal. Login or register, and then select the Licenses Tab to apply for a Home Occupation Business License.
*Exemptions include the operation of any business exempt by federal or state law, newsboys, or an employee (nanny, telecommuter, etc.). Businesses located outside the Town are required to obtain a business license if selling taxable services to Erie residents, soliciting through sales or agent representatives in Erie, performing service work under maintenance agreements, leasing equipment to an Erie resident or business; or installing tangible goods in Erie.