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Business Licencing & Regulatory Resources

In most countries businesses need to hold certain licences & permits. Here are some useful resources for business owners and the general public which help you to determine any licence and regulatory requirements for different industries. Licencing and regulatory requirements vary significantly between jurisdictions so be sure to also check with your local authorities.


Australian Business Licence and Information Service

ABLIS helps you find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities.

If you are starting, operating, growing, or closing a business, ABLIS will reduce the run-around and give you the time to get on with business.

Find out which government licences and registrations apply to your business, and create and download a personalised report containing:

  • A summary of state or territory, local and Australian government requirements relevant to your business.
  • Information about licence fees, how to apply, periods of cover and renewals.
  • How to access application and renewal forms.
  • Where to go for more help and information.

Small Business Development Corporation (WA)

West Australian State Government agency focused on the development of the small business sector

Department of Commerce Licence Search (WA)

If you are in Western Australia you can check whether a tradesperson such as an electrician, plumber or painter is licenced on the Department of Commerce website.

New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is the New Zealand government business website. The information and tools on this site are designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses, and the people who advise and support them. provides free access to a wide range of resources. It acts as a gateway to government and private sector business information, news and services. 


United States

Small Business Administration

To run your business legally, there are certain federal and state licenses and permits you will need to obtain. These resources will help you understand the requirements for your small business.

Business USA

This website collates useful information from various government agencies