Business License

To run a business in Anchorage, you will need to have a State Business License, almost always coupled with a City License related to the specific field.

To see where getting a license fits into the business life cycle, click here

State License

To start/operate a business within Alaska, you need to have a business licenses provided by the state. To learn more, click here.

It is possible to buy a general business license online. This is not the case with businesses that require professional licensing. If you want to purchase a new Business License you will need to know/have the following:

  • A name for your Business

  • Know what your business will do

  • Have your NAICS code(s) (Find the right NAICS code here)

  • Know if your a corporation, LLC, non-profit, etc...

  • Decided if you want a one year or two year license

For more information on or to apply online click here.


Municipal License

Their is no general municipal permit, but rather individual permits/licenses for different forms of businesses. To see which License you need click here.

Once you have found the type of permit you need, you can phone or visit (in person or online) the specific department that is relevant. Municipal departments can be found in the drop down section on the right of the page.