A business plan for a restaurant

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When you open a restaurant business, there are many permits and licenses you will be
required to have. The type of business license you will need will be different in each city,
county, and state. There are some who require each business to register yearly, and they
collect a fee from each registration. There are others that do not require a business to
register if the business is not incorporated, unless you will be operating under an assumed
or fictitious name.

To learn what type of licenses and permits you will need for the area your business will
be located in, you need to talk to your county or city clerk. You will also want to check
out the zoning ordinances and sign regulations that may apply to the type and location of
your business.

Before you even think about obtaining licenses and permits, you will need to apply for a
Federal Employer Identification Number or EIN. You can do this by visiting the IRS
website. They will ask a few questions and you will be issued an EIN. This number
identifies you to the government (IRS) as a business owner. Everyone who owns a
business must have an EIN.

Below are some of the licenses and permits that you may need for your restaurant

1. A License for Business- Depending on your restaurant business location, you may be
charged a percentage of your gross sales, or a simple yearly fee to operate your business.

2. A Food Handler's License or Permit- This is necessary for the selling of edible goods.
Each state and county have their own set of rules and amount of fee charged. You will be
inspected regularly by health inspectors to make sure you are running a clean restaurant

3. A Liquor License- having a liquor license will allow you to sell alcohol. It is essential
to have one if you plan on selling any alcohol in your restaurant business. The type of
license you apply for will depend on what sort of alcohol your restaurant will serve.
Many states will require that you obtain a one license for beer, another for wine, and yet
another for hard liquor. The state only allows a certain number of liquor licenses for an
area. If none are available you, you will need to purchase the license from someone who
already has one and is willing to sell. These can be renewed yearly, unless you have
committed an illegal offense such as, selling liquor to a minor, or selling liquor you do
not have a license for.

4. A Sign Permit- Before you put up any signs for your restaurant business, contact your
city officials to see if there are restrictions on the type of sign, size, location, and how the
sign is lit. You should also get written approval from your landlord before you put up any
sort of sign.

5. A Music License- Any establishment that plays copyrighted music, will need one of
these. Whether you have a band, DJ playing CDs, or Karaoke. The fines can be steep for
not having a music license. They usually run from $5,000 to $20,000, so it's a good idea
to obtain this license.

6. Fire Certificates- You will undoubtedly be inspected by the fire department before you
open your restaurant business. They will educate you on all regulations you will need to
follow, and will do routine inspections on your business.
Other permits you may need include: a Police Permit, a Sellers Permit (allows you to buy
wholesale goods without paying sales tax), and a Building or Zoning Permit.

The laws and regulations of any area are subject to change, it will be important to join
your local and National Restaurant Association. Keep informed on the changes in local
government also.

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