Delaware Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Delaware.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Delaware.

Delaware General Business Licenses

Delaware Business License - General Services

Agency:Delaware Department of Finance - Division of Revenue
Law:

30 DE Code § 2101

Notes:

Any person or entity conducting a trade or business in the State of Delaware is required to obtain a Delaware business license from the Delaware Division of Revenue. This includes entities located in Delaware that conduct their business outside the state. If you are unsure of whether or not you have a substantial presence in Delaware to be subject to licensing and taxation, complete and submit a Nexus Questionnaire and the Delaware Division of Revenue will provide guidance.

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

Form:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by December 31. Licensees may also choose to renew on a triennial basis.

Local General Business Licenses

City of Dover Business License

Agency:City of Dover Department of Inspection and Planning (DE)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Email kmullaney@dover.de.us to recieve the form 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fees are determined by business type. See application for rates. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Email kmullaney@dover.de.us to reieve the form. 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. See application for rates. 

Due:

Annually by August 1. 

City of New Castle Business License

Agency:City of New Castle (DE)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25 for residents, businesses licensed in New Castle and all nonprofits, $50 all others

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application 

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25 for residents, businesses licensed in New Castle and all nonprofits, $50 all others

Due:

Annually by December 31. 

City of Wilmington Business License

Agency:City of Wilmington Wage/Business License Division (DE)

Initial Registration

Form:

City of Wilmington Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Fee based on business type: Fee list is provided on the application form. (Prorated based on when the business starts)

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Fee is the same as the fee listed on initial application; A renewal notice with fee amount will be sent out January 1

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Harrington Business License

Agency:City of Harrington City Hall (DE)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Town of Smyrna Business / Contractor License - Out of Town Business

Agency:Town of Smyrna (DE)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

If your business is located with in Town Limits, you will need a Town of Smyrna Business License.

If your business is not physically located within Town Limits you will need a Contractors License.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business/Contractor License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Required Attachments:
  • A certificate of liability, directly from the instance compnay, showing the Town of Smyrna as the certificate holder. 
  • Copy of State of Deleware Professinal license (HVAC, Electrician, Plumber ONLY). 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business/Contractor License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Required Attachments:
  • A certificate of liability, directly from the instance compnay, showing the Town of Smyrna as the certificate holder. 
  • Copy of State of Deleware Professinal license (HVAC, Electrician, Plumber ONLY). 

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