Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
The City of Dallas wants to make itself as attractive to businesses as possible – which it does both through a call center aimed at answering entrepreneurs’ questions as well as keeping local licensing and permitting to a minimum. Unlike much of the country, Dallas has no special regulations on auto mechanics and a number of other businesses. Of course, the State of Texas and sometimes the federal government regulate what the city often doesn’t – so business owners still need to do their licensing homework. The Dallas economy is diverse and include major companies in the airline, transportation, financial, retail, food, communications and technology sectors. As a center of commerce in one of the largest and most economically significant states in the Union, Dallas has a diverse collection of medium-sized and small businesses.