Engineering consultants give expert advice on a variety of design and construction issues. Even a consulting firm of one is a business. Many consultants operate out of their homes and make the mistake of assuming they can run their businesses license-free. However, most cities and states require business tax registration and licensing for all businesses, of all sizes – and some require Home Occupation Permits for home-based businesses.
The northern-most major city in the United States, Anchorage is a hub for transportation, military, municipal, state and federal government, tourism and resource extraction. Because of its long-time use as a major port and its military use, Anchorage is is home to many shipping and aerospace companies as well. The city remains fairly business friendly, keeping licensing simple and avoiding over-regulation. However, Alaska and Anchorage are protective of their special environment and require businesses that produce waste or pollution to undergo extra scrutiny.