The guide lists over 300+ specific business types, followed by a listing of State Agencies that require licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, and authorizations to operate a business.

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There is no obfuscation or confusion here in Texas when it comes to business licenses and permits.

The Business Permit Office within the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division publishes a guide to all of the Texas Business Licenses and Permits.

The office also assists businesses in navigating Texas’ permitting, licensing and regulatory environment and aids in resolving permitting issues that arise. This office offers services to businesses of all sizes

Their guide lists over 300+ specific business types, followed by a listing of State Agencies that require licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, and authorizations to operate a business. Business owners should contact the designated state agencies to determine which licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, and authorizations are required to operate your specific business. New and existing business owners should always seek the guidance of a professional tax consultant, accountant, and attorney to verify all legal requirements are met before operating a business.

For local licenses and permits, please contact the Galveston County Economic Development Department.

Topics in the guide include:

  • All Businesses
  • 1-900 Service
  • Abrasive Blast Cleaning
  • Accounting
  • Acupuncture
  • Adult Day Care – Day Activity And Health Services
  • Advertising
  • Agriculture
  • Aircraft/Drone
  • Amusement: Recreational Facilities – Festivals – Bungee Jumping – Arcade
  • Answering Service
  • Apartment Rental
  • Aquaculture – Fish Farm
  • Architecture
  • Armored Car – Courier
  • Athlete Agent/Athletic Trainer
  • Attorney – Legal Services
  • Auction
  • Auto Body Shop
  • Auto Dealer
  • Auto Manufacturer/Converter
  • Auto Parts
  • Auto Racetrack
  • Auto Repair – Lube Service
  • Auto Repossession
  • Auto/Truck Leasing Or Rental
  • Aviation
  • Bail Bondsman
  • Bait And Tackle
  • Bakery
  • Ballooning
  • Bank / Trust Company
  • Barber – Cosmetology
  • Bingo Parlor
  • Biofuel Producer (Bio-Diesel & Ethanol)
  • Boat Dealer
  • Bottled Water
  • Brewery – Brew Pub
  • Business Brokerage
  • Camp Site – Resort – Lodge – Youth Camp
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Cpr) – First Aid
  • Carriage Rides
  • Catering
  • Cemetery – Funeral
  • Chamber Of Commerce
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment – Halfway House
  • Child Care – Day Care
  • Child Care Residential Care – Custodial Care
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Chiropractor
  • Civil Process Server
  • Cleaning: Janitorial – Maid Service – Upholstery Cleaning – Carpet Cleaning –
  • Auto Detailing
  • Combative Sports
  • Consulting Services
  • Convenience Store
  • Cosmetology
  • Counseling
  • Court Reporting
  • Credit Service – Consumer Protection
  • Credit Union
  • Crop Dusting
  • Crowdfunding Platform
  • Debt Collection Agency
  • Debt Management & Settlement Providers
  • Dentistry
  • Diaper Delivery
  • Distillery
  • Dietician – Diet Center
  • Dog Trainer
  • Drug Testing Laboratory
  • Dry Cleaning – Linen Service – Laundry
  • Education – Schools: Elementary – Secondary – Private – Higher – Continuing –
  • Seminar – Workshop
  • Electrolysis Services
  • Electronics – Computer Sales/Repair
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Employment/Personnel Agency
  • Engineering Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Factoring
  • Feed – Fertilizer
  • Ferry – Pleasure Boat Service – Boat Rental
  • Fire Sprinkler/Extinguisher/Alarm
  • Fishing – Hunting – Trapping
  • Food Bank/Pantry – Salvage Brokerage
  • Food Manufacturing/Distributing
  • Franchise – Multilevel/Network Marketing – Business
  • Forensic Laboratory
  • Fundraising
  • Funeral Home
  • Gas Station – Service Station
  • General Contracting – Construction – Home Builder
  • Gift Basket Service
  • Graphic Design
  • Grocery
  • Guns – Firearms – Shooting Range
  • Health Club – Gym
  • Heating – Ventilation – Air Conditioning – Installation – Service – Repair
  • Herbs
  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Hospital – Medical Health Clinic
  • Hotel – Motel – Bed And Breakfast
  • Import – Export
  • Insurance Agency
  • Interior Design
  • Inventor
  • Investment – Stock Brokerage – Venture Capital
  • Landfills
  • Landscaping – Lawn Care
  • Land Developer
  • Language Translation
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laundromat
  • Limousine Service
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Lpg Gas)
  • Liquor
  • Loan – Finance/Lenders
  • Lobbyist
  • Locksmith
  • Lumber – Logging – Saw Mill
  • Mail Order
  • Manufactured Housing Dealer
  • Manufactured Housing Park
  • Manufacturing, General
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Medical Practice
  • Membership Warehouse
  • Meteorology
  • Mining
  • Money/Currency Exchange
  • Mortgage
  • Motor Vehicle Dealer: Motorcycles – House Trailers – Travel Trailers –
  • Trailers – Semi-Trailers
  • Mover – Carrier Of Household Goods
  • Music – Film – Multimedia
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Nursery – Florist – Greenhouse
  • Nursing Home – Continuing Care Facility – Assisted Living Facility – Custodial
  • Care
  • Oil And Gas
  • Optometry
  • Ostrich/Emu Farm
  • Oversize And Overweight Transportation
  • Passport Photo – Visa
  • Pathological Research Laboratory
  • Pawnshop – Crafted Precious Metal Dealer
  • Pest Control – Exterminating
  • Pet Cemetary
  • Pet Store – Kennel – Stables – Grooming – Wildlife Preserve
  • Pharmaceutical – Medical Supply/Equipment
  • Pharmacy
  • Photography – Photo Finishing
  • Physical Therapy – Rehabilitation Services
  • Pipeline Services
  • Plumbing
  • Podiatry
  • Polygraphic Examiners
  • Poultry
  • Printing – Publishing
  • Produce
  • Professional Geoscientists
  • Professional Employer Organization
  • Property Management
  • Racetrack, Horse/Greyhound
  • Radio – Television
  • Radon Testing
  • Real Estate Services
  • Recreational Vehicle Park
  • Recycling Services
  • Religious Organizations – Churches
  • Repair/Maintenance Services
  • Restaurant – Bar – Food Service – Mobile Food Truck
  • Research
  • Retail
  • Rock Quarry
  • Salvage Yard / Automobile Salvage Yard
  • Sanitation
  • Savings And Loan – Savings Bank
  • Scale/Meter Device
  • Scuba Diving Instruction
  • Security – Private Investigation – Alarm System Installation
  • Shipping
  • Shipyard – Coastal Waterway
  • Shorthand Reporting
  • Silk Screening
  • Speech – Hearing
  • Sporting Goods
  • Steel Yard
  • Surveying
  • Talent – Modeling Agency
  • Tanning Salon
  • Tatoo Parlor – Permanent Makeup Services
  • Tax Preparation – Lending
  • Taxidermy
  • Telemarketing
  • Telephone Services: Pay Phones – Resale Of Telephone Time – Phone Cards
  • Television – Cable
  • Tire Recycling/Retreading
  • Toner Cartridge Recharge
  • Tow Truck/Wrecker Services
  • Trading Company
  • Transportation Services
  • Transportation Network Company / Ridesharing
  • Travel Agency
  • Trust Company
  • Upholstery
  • Utility
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Vehicle Storage Facility
  • Vending Machines
  • Veterinary Services
  • Warehouse – Storage
  • Services – Residential Service Company
  • Waste Disposal
  • Water Well Drilling
  • Welding
  • Wholesale – Distribution
  • Winery
  • Woodworking – Furniture Refinishing – Arts & Crafts

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