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 the 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 the 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 email the Finance Department. You can also visit our offices located in City Hall.