A valid business license is required for certain types of businesses to operate in the City of Buffalo. To see if your business needs a license and what type to obtain, visit our Licenses page.
Different business types are only allowed in certain parts of the city. It is illegal to run a business in a building that is not zoned for that type of activity. Contact the Permits Department to confirm that your business type is allowed in your desired location and zone. It is helpful to select 2 to 3 locations that would be a good fit for your business before contacting the Permits Department.