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Get the Permits Your Canadian Business Needs to Succeed



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Get the Permits Your Canadian Business Needs to Succeed

Almost every business must have permits to operate legally. Identifying the permits you need and applying for them correctly is infinitely easier with LegalShield.


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The difference between permits and licenses

While similar, licenses and permits are different. Understanding the differences between the two is the first step in identifying the permits your business needs.

Licenses tend to be general and apply to activities that require competence, such as offering medical services or building homes. Licenses are often awarded after completion of a test.

Permits focus more narrowly on safety and may require an inspection. For example, running a restaurant requires a health permit which you can get after the facility passes inspection.

There are many local jurisdictions, such as cities, townships, municipalities and other types of local government. You can save a ton of time by joining LegalShield and having your lawyer tell you exactly what permits you need and help you apply. It’s far less stressful.

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Common small business permits

The information below highlights some of the most common permits LegalShield members need.

  • Building and zoning permits for investment property
  • Fire department permits for flammable materials
  • Health permits for restaurants and commercial kitchens
  • Sign permits that dictate size, location, etc.
  • One-time special event permits
  • Sales tax permits
  • Vendor permits
  • Doing business as permit (DBA)
  • Home occupation permits Environmental permits

If your business is already formed, get a standard small business plan from LegalShield and you’ll have access to all the legal help you need for a monthly fee as low as $49.

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How to apply for the business permits you need

Every business permit has its own rules, fees and processes for applying. Conducting research on county, provincial or federal websites is the best first step. That said, it can take a long time and you may never be completely sure you’ve applied correctly.

As a LegalShield member, you can call your lawyer to discuss the permits you need, the requirements you must meet for each permit and where to find the applications. After you’ve filled out the applications, you can submit them to your lawyer for review and feedback.

If any of your applications are denied, you fail an inspection or otherwise have issues with a business permit, a lawyer that can help you resolve the situation is only one click away.

No matter the situation, working with a small business lawyer will make the process easier.

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How a LegalShield Small Business Plan works for business permits

All LegalShield plans come jam-packed with valuable benefits. When it comes to searching and applying for business permits, common plan usage is in two areas.

Consultation & advice

You can have unlimited phone consultation with a business lawyer to get questions answered, receive legal advice and make sure you’re making the right moves.

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Document review & negotiation

You can have your lawyer review any documents (up to 15 pages each) and even make phone calls and write letters on behalf of your business to resolve disputes with vendors, creditors or customers.

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Plans start at only $49 per month.

Key features of our Small Business Legal Plans


LegalShield’s business plans can help you in the following areas.

Advice, consultation & research

Legal consultation from a provider lawyer on business legal matters, with legal research for each issue, if needed.

Letters or phone calls

Receive help with business legal matters more efficiently with professional communications issued on your behalf.

Document review

Put business-related legal documents through legal review.

Collection letters

A collection letter from a provider lawyer could help you recoup payments more efficiently.

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