Business Licensing

Boise, Idaho is a great place to do business. Our city is business-friendly and works closely with the State of Idaho, local utilities, and other partners to compete for your business. Let us show you why so many have chosen Boise.


Boise City regulates specific types of businesses to maintain the health, safety and general welfare of the public. A business license grants you permission to engage in a regulated business activity within the City of Boise.  If you engage in any of the business activities regulated by the City of Boise, you are required to maintain a valid, unexpired business license.

Online License Application Portal

The City Clerk's Office is now accepting Private Security and Alarm Installation Services as well as Alcohol Beverage Catering Permits online!

The City Clerk's Office is now accepting Child Care Worker Applications (new and renewals) online!

Find your business license type within the table below and click on the code section to view requirements.  Click on the license type listed below to open the PDF application. If you have further questions, please call (208) 972-8150.

Please call the City Clerk's Office at (208) 972-8150 to obtain application, verify fees and requirements
License Type Code License Type Code
Alcohol Beverage/Liquor Catering Permit 5-05 Auctions and Auctioneers 5-30
Commercial Vehicle and Commercial Driver License 5-03 Child Care Worker
Child Care Facility 5-33 Fireworks Stands 7-01
Eating and Drinking 8-05 Massage Establishment 5-35
Going Out of Business/Business Moving Sale 5-01 Pawnbroker 5-16
Assembly Permit (over 50 occupancy) 7-01 Alarm Service 5-19
Patrol Service 5-19 Alarm Installer 5-19
Patrol Agent 5-19 Vendor or Solicitor 5-12
Temporary Merchant 5-12 Taxicab Vehicle 5-24
Taxicab Driver 5-24 Sidewalk Cafe 5-06
Vehicle Immobilization or Car Booting
5-04 Non-Consent Towing/Non-Consent Driver 10-23
Special Event 5-10 Non-Consent Towing Inspection Form 10-23
Non-Commercial Kennel 6-07 Precious Metal Dealers  5-20
Tree Service 9-16

Important Note:  All commercial business licenses must be reviewed for zoning compliance, building compliance and fire safety code compliance.  If your business is involved in the preparation of food, you must also be in compliance with health codes administered by the Central District Health Department. 

How long does it take to receive a business license?

Most business licenses in the city can be issued within 30 days assuming the application has all the required license prerequisites.

Important Note:  You may be required to purchase a bond and/or insurance from an insurance company; DOT Physical, etc., this must be done prior to submitting your application for processing.

Where do I go to get a business license?

Applications are available at the City Clerk's office on the first floor of City Hall, 150 North Capital Blvd., Boise, Idaho 83702. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Applications (new and renewal) will be accepted through 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Applicants arriving after 4:00 p.m. will be asked to return the follow day for application processing.  This is due to the amount of time necessary to fully process each application. 

The City Clerk's Office is now accepting Child Care Worker Applications (new and renewals) online!

What are the fees?

The fees for licensing vary depending upon the license type and any additional requirements, such as background checks, FBI Fingerprints, processing fees, etc.

Registration of a Business Name
All persons or partners doing business in Idaho under an assumed business name must register with the Secretary of State's office.  Click here for more information - Certificate of Assumed Business Name

State Business License/Occupational Licensing
Under certain circumstances, a special state business license may be required for your business.  Usually only professionals need a state business license, i.e. CPA's, Doctors, Contractors, etc.  Click on the following link for more specific information - State Licensing

Federal Employers Tax I.D. Number
Every person without a previous tax number who pays wages to one or more employees or is required to file any federal reports must apply for a tax number on Form SS-4 with the IRS.  Click on the following link for more specific information - Forms and Instruction (1-800-829-1040)

State of Idaho Tax Commission
Every person or business selling product in Idaho should check with the state tax commission concerning their obligation to collect sales tax and if so, to get a state sales tax ID number.  Click on the following links for more specific information - State Tax Commission (1-800-972-7660)