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Are there registrations for an adult day care?

Although there are no specific registrations or licenses for an adult day care business, the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA), a private non-profit entity, certifies adult day care centers. If a center is not certified, the center may not be eligible for grants or other financing. To obtain information about opening an adult day center.  Contact: 1-877-745-1440

Licensing is required through the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, however, if offering homemaker companion services.   Contact: 860.713.6000 or dcp.licenseservices@ct.gov.

If offering homemaker: home health aid services, the Connecticut Department of Public Health requires a license.   Contact:  800.828.9769 or oplc.dph@ct.gov

 

I provide a shopping / errand service, are there special registrations?

Businesses that provide errand / shopping services are required to register their vehicles and obtain commercial plates from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Contact: 860-263-5700, email, visit www.ct.gov/dmv

According to the Department of Revenue Services, errand services are not subject to sales and use tax. However, shopping services are subject to sales tax, therefore, obtain a sales and use tax certificate.  For more information review SN 91(4) Miscellaneous Personal Service.  Contact: 1-800-382-9463, 860-297-5962, drs@po.state.ct.us , visit www.ct.gov/drs

 Businesses need to obtain commercial insurance through a private insurance agent.

 

What is required for an auto service business?

Contact the town in which the business is based for local permits, requirements, surety bonds, and inspections.

Vehicle Repairs/Alterations
Repair services requires a Dealers and Repairers license through the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles . Repairers need either a Limited Repairer and/or a General Repairer License.  Call: (860) 263-5056   Visit: www.ct.gov/dmv

Note: Vehicles used for mobile services require either a commercial or combination plate.  If the business transports cars to and from their business location a transporter plate is needed. In addition, passengers are not allowed and weight restrictions apply.

Waste Disposal Considerations
Oil and petroleum products are mandated as recyclable by the State of Connecticut.  For more information on the recycling process and on regulations contact Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Compliance Assistance Hotline at 860-424-4193. Additionally, a permit may be required from the Water Compliance Unit  for the discharge of waste water, grease, oil and petroleum products.  Call: (860) 424-3018  Visit:  www.ct.gov/dep

Air Conditioning Technician
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  requires that all auto air-conditioning technicians take a federal test for the Section 609 Technician Certification Program. Call: 800-296-1996  Visit: www.epa.gov

Polyurethane Lining In Truck Beds
Contact the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for assistance in determining if the business meets criteria for the General Permit to Construct and/or Operate a New or Existing Automotive Refinishing Operation or New Source Review. Call: (860)424-3003.

Glaziers (Automotive & Flat Glass Work)
Repair shops and car dealers that install or repair automotive glass are required to hold a license with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.  Call: (860) 713-6135  Visit: www.ct.gov/dcp

Emission Inspection Services At Gasoline Stations
The standards and inspection regulations of a motor vehicle emission inspection facility and the Emissions Technician Training and Certification Program is governed by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles through the Connecticut Emissions Program.   Call: 1-888-828-8399 or visit: www.ctemissions.com

Car Wash:

Contact the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Management directly for additional information at (860) 424-3003 or deep.webmaster@po.state.ct.us.  Visit:  www.ct.gov/dep

Also be aware of Discharge of Vehicle Maintenance Waste Water 

Wrecker and Mobile Services:
Wrecker services require a wrecker registration using form H-13 Application is required through the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.  If the business transports cars to and from their business location a Transporter Plate is needed. In addition, passengers are not allowed and weight restrictions apply.Vehicles used for mobile services require either a Commercial or Combination plate. Call: (860) 263-5700 or visit: www.ct.gov/dmv

Auto Painting
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection offers many articles for vehicle repair shops, body shops and dismantlers in their website.

Repossessed Vehicles
According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, the Connecticut Department of Insurance and the Connecticut Department of Banking, motor vehicle repossession does not require licensing.

Sales Tax Considerations
According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, both the labor performed and parts used for auto repair are subject to sales tax (REG-1 - online, mail).  Review Sales and Use Tax Charges on Motor Vehicle Repair .  Call: 800-382-9463 (in-state only) or (860) 297-5962   Visit: www.ct.gov/drs

Note: If selling gasoline, register as a Petroleum Products Vendor with the Office of Policy and Management. Call: 860-418-6232  Visit:  www.ct.gov/opm 


 

Does a cleaning or janitorial business require licensing?

No occupational or trade license is required to perform cleaning or janitorial services.  However, according to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, services are subject to sales tax (REG-1 - online, mail). Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (CT only) or (860) 297-5962 or drs@po.state.ct.us  Visit:  www.ct.gov/drs
  
Contact the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection at 860-424-3003 regarding proper chemical use or a listing of environmentally safe cleaning agents.  Visit:  http://www.ct.gov/deep

Do I need a license to perform tattoo and/or body piercing services?

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, "tattooing" means marking or coloring, in an indelible manner, the skin of any person by pricking in coloring matter or by producing scars. A tattoo technician license is required.   Parental consent is required for tattooing an unemancipated minor under the age of eighteen (18).

For further information consult Connecticut General Statutes Sec.19a-92a. Contact the agency directly at 860-509-7603 for further information.

Is a license required for personal/athletic trainers?

No occupational or trade license is required for a personal trainer.

However, licensing is required by the Connecticut Department of Public Health for any individual performing athletic training services. Contact the agency:  (860) 509-7603 or visit: portal.ct.gov/dph

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, health and athletic club services are subject to sales tax (REG-1 - online, mail).  Refer to Special Notice (SN) 2003(7.1) Sales and Use Taxes on Health and Athletic Club Services or contact the agency at 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut Only), (860) 297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs 

Is there a license required for administrative services?

Administrative services covers a broad range of services which includes but is not limited to bookkeeping, office management, secretarial, resume writing, tax preparation and etc.

According to the Connecticut State Board of Accountancy , no license is required to provide bookkeeping or tax preparation services so long as the business does promote itself as a certified public accountant (CPA). For further information, contact the agency directly at 860-509-6179. or visit: www.ct.gov/sboa

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services states that bookkeeping is not considered a taxable service.  However, office management services falls under the category of "business management" which is considered taxable. File form REG-1 - online, mail - to register for the sales and use tax certificate.  For further information contact the agency directly at 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut Only) or 860-297-5962 or refer to Ruling 98-2 Sales and Use Taxes: Business Management Services/ Business Management Consulting Services  Visit:  www.ct.gov/drs

Are veterinarian technicians licensed?

According to the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program (AHEC) at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, veterinarian technicians/technologists are not required to be licensed in the State of Connecticut.  However, the technician/technologist must hold either an associates (two academic years) or bachelors (four academic years) degree in Applied Science or equivalent .  Veterinary technicians are trained through an accredited technical associate degree program in the community college system.  For additional information please contact the program.  Additional information is available online through their publication H.O.T. - Health Occupations & Technology Careers In Connecticut.  Contact: (860) 679-7971 or clarkdufner@uchc.edu.

Additional Resources:
North American Veterinarian Technician Association  (765) 742-2216
American Veterinary Medical Association (847) 925-8070

 

Are there any licensing requirements for crime scene clean up?

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection recommends that a business cleaning and transporting biomedical waste resulting from a crime scene apply for a Combined Biomedical Waste and Spill Contractor's Permit.  Contact: (860) 424-3372 or deep.webmaster@ct.gov  Visit: www.ct.gov/dep

Is a license required to perform marriage ceremonies and/or become a justice of peace?

Connecticut General Stautes - Sec.46b-22. (Formerly Sec. 46-3) governs who may join persons in marriage: 
-  all judges and retired judges, either elected or appointed and including federal judges and judges of other states who may legally join persons in marriage in their jurisdictions
-  family support magistrates
-  state referees
-  justices of the peace may join persons in marriage in any town in the state
-  all ordained or licensed clergymen, belonging to this state or any other state, so long as they continue in the work of the ministry

All marriages solemnized according to the forms and usages of any religious denomination in this state, including marriages witnessed by a duly constituted Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is, are valid. All marriages attempted to be celebrated by any other person are void.  No public official legally authorized to issue marriage licenses may join persons in marriage under authority of a license issued by himself, or his assistant or deputy; nor may any such assistant or deputy join persons in marriage under authority of a license issued by such public official. 

In Connecticut, there are no special requirements to become a justice of the peace.  However, the process is controlled by the towns (town clerks) and the political parties.  Each town sets aside one-third of the total allotted number to each major political party, Democrats and Republicans, and to minor parties and unaffiliated.  The parties decide the rules for appointments with the Independents governed by the town clerk.  The term is for four (4) years and coincides with presidential elections with the office beginning January 1.

For further information speak with the heads of the political party or town clerk in your town or visit the Justice of the Peace Association, LLC

 

Does consulting services require a license?

In general, consulting does not require a license.  However, depending on the area of specialization such as legal, financial, environmental, psychological and etc..a license may be required. 

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, consulting services is subject to the sales and use tax.  Not only are there different types of consulting services but there are different rates for each service.   File form form REG-1 - online, mail - for the sales and use tax certificate.  Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), 860-297-5962 or visit www.ct.gov/drs

Also, the agency provides the following publications:
Business Taxes IP 2008(29)
Sales and Use Taxes on Investment Banking and Advisory Services PS 92(9)
Environmental & Real Estate - IP2006(35)     

Do I need to be a licensed mechanic to service or repair machinery?

No occupational or trade license is required.

However, according to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, under most circumstances, repair to machinery is subject to the Connecticut sales tax.  File form REG-1 - online, mail.  Additonally, if services performed include repair and/or replacement of component parts of machinery used in manufacturing, the services may be eligible for a complete or partial tax exemption. Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs

What are the requirements to operate a motor vehicle junk yard and/or recycling business?

Motor vehicle junk yards and motor vehicle recyclers are licensed through the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.  For detailed information contact the agency directly: (860) 263-5056 or (860) 263-5057 or visit: www.ct.gov/dmv

Obtain a Certificate of Approval through the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.  Contact the agency: (860) 424-3003 or deep.webmaster@ct.gov  Visit: www.ct.gov/dep 

Contact the Connecticut Licensing Info Center (CT-CLIC.com) to learn about further registration considerations or if you require additional assistance: 1-800-392-2122 or Contact form .

What are the regulations for a hotel or bed and breakfast?

A hotel or bed and breakfast does not require occupational or trade licenses.

Please check with local officials including zoning, building and fire marshal for facility requirements.

If offering food services, the local health official can provide information on obtaining a Food Service Certification.  Also, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has a food protection program

Contact the agency: (860) 509-7297 or visit: www.ct.gov/dph

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection requires food licensing: including bakery, frozen dessert retailer and weights and measures (if using scales to weigh food items, the scales must be registered).  Additional licensing may include liquor permit and non-legendary drug permit

Contact the agency: (860) 713-6160 or dcp.foodstandards@ct.gov (Food and Standards), (860) 713-6210 or dcp.liquorcontrol@ct.gov (Liquor). Visit: www.portalct.gov/dcp

Register with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services for sales and use tax and the room occupancy tax by filing form REG-1 - online, mail. Note: Valet services, shoe shine, dry cleaning/laundry services are considered a part of the accommodations of the facility and are covered in the room occupancy tax.  The sale of most food items requires a sales tax.  For more information review Policy Statement 99(1) Sales and Use Tax on Meals.  If purchasing products from a wholesaler/distributor for the purpose of resale, a resale certificate is required. 

Contact the agency: 800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs

 

Is a license required for computer services?

Computer services, including but not limited to desktop publishing, graphic design, consulting, web design and management, training, repair, data processing, graphic design, custom software development, and internet research does not require a special trade or occupational license.

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, graphic design services including desktop publishing (design and printing) is considered taxable.  In addition, the sale of the end product (i.e. stationary, business cards and etc.) is taxable.   However, not all computer services are subject to sales tax.  It is strongly suggested to contact the agency directly to determine the taxability of the service.  You may also wish to review the following publications: 

PS 2006(8) Sales and Use Taxes on Computer-Related Services and Sales of Tangible Personal Property
PS 2004(2) Sales and Use Taxes on Internet Access Services and On-Line Sales of Goods and Services
PS 95(5) Purchases and Sales of Graphic Designers
SN 2003(6) Media Advertising and Cooperative Direct Mail Advertising 

Obtain a sales and use tax certificate by filing form REG-1 online or mail.  Contact the agency:  800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or visit www.ct.gov/drs

Businesses that wish to advertise or offer advertisement on the internet should be familiar with the guides made available by the Federal Trade Commission - Mail Order or Telephone Order Merchandise Rules and Advertising and Marketing on the Internet. Contact the agency:  1-877-382-4357  Visit:  www.ftc.gov

Cable installation requires an electrical contractor license through the Connecticut Department of Consumer ProtectionElectrical contractors need to pass the electrical contractor exam given by PSI licensure:certification (800-733-9267 or comments@psiexams.com) before a license is issued. Contact the agency: (860) 713-6135 or visit www.ct.gov/dcp

Does a judgement recovery business require any special licenses?

Judgment recovery and/or collections require a consumer collection agency license through the Connecticut Department of Banking.  Contact the agency: (860) 240-8206 or anne.cappelli@ct.gov.   Visit: www.ct.gov/dob

In addition, the service is not considered taxable by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.  Contact the agency: 800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs  

For information on training to become a judgment recovery agent please refer to the National Judgment Network

Is a license required to install and repair electronic systems?

Electronic systems include but are not limited to audio visual and alarm (fire, security and surveillance).

Technicians performing electronic installation, maintenance, repair, replacement, inspection and/or modification of receiving equipment and/or antennas require a television and radio license through the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.  "Receiving equipment" means television or radio receiving apparatus and associated components, including, but not limited to antenna receiving systems, satellites, phonographs, tape recorders and audiovisual equipment. 

If installing electronic systems into an electrical source, a limited electrical contractors license (L-5 or C-5) may be required through the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.


Contact the agency: (860) 713-6135 or dcp.occupationalprofessional@ct.gov or visit: www.portal.ct.gov/dcp

Note:  Repair work performed on appliances such as washers, dryers, lamps, etc. does not require licensing.

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, repair services are subject to the Connecticut sales tax. File form REG-1 - online, mail - to apply for the sales and use tax certificate.

If electrical contractors are from out-of-state performing services in Connecticut, regardless of the nature of the real property affected or the tax-exempt status of the property owner, there are special bonding requirements (AU 766) with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.  Review IP 2006 (35) Building Contractor's Guide and SN 2005(12) Nonresident Contractor Bonds and Deposits

Contact the agency: 800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962, bond hotline (860) 541-7538 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs

Companies that engage in the disassembly of used electronics, such as computers and televisions, and accumulate more than 5000 kilograms of universal waste onsite at any one time, requires a general permit for disassembling used electronics from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.  Contact the agency: (860) 424-3242 or visit: www.ct.gov/deep

 

What licenses are required to operate a group home for children?

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families requires licensing for child care facilities (group home).  According to the agency, the definition of a  "Child Care Facility" means a children's home or similar institution; residential treatment facility; group home; temporary shelter; whether incorporated for the purpose or not, boarding or caring for a child, except a youth camp; a juvenile detention facility operated under the authority of the chief court administrator of the State Judicial Department; or a facility which is primarily an educational institution exempted by the state department of education.  Contact the agency:  (860) 550-6532  Visit: www.ct.gov/dcf

The agency, in conjunction with the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access determines needs for proposals.  It is suggested to contact the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services to register and become eligible to participate in bidding on proposals.  Contact the agency: (860) 713-5115.

Is a license required for community living arrangements?

Licensing for a community living arrangement, also referred to as a group home, is administered through the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.   Contact the agency: 860-418-6000 or 866-737-0330 or ddsct.co@ct.gov.  

Anyone interested in operating such as facility on behalf of the State of Connecticut should register with the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services to become a qualified bidder on proposals. Contact the agency: (860) 713-5095.

Do employment agencies require a license?

Yes, employment agencies, as governed by Connecticut General Statute Sections 31-129 through 31-134a, are licensed through the Connecticut Department of Labor.  Defined, "employment agency" includes the business of procuring or offering to procure work or employment for persons seeking employment, or acting as agent for procuring such work or employment where a fee or other valuable thing is exacted, charged or received for procuring or assisting to procure employment, work or a situation of any kind or for procuring or providing help for any person.

The license does not include temporary help services (including home health care, home health aid/companion and homemaker companion services) which means any person conducting a business which consists of employing individuals directly for the purpose of furnishing part-time or temporary help to others. The temporary workers are considered employees of the temporary agency.  Therefore, the agency is only required to register as an employer by filing form: UC-1A.  However, if the temporary worker is permanently hired by the company in which the worker is placed, the temporary employment agency must register as an employment agency.


Contact the agency:  (860) 263-6790, (860) 263-6360 (Field Audit Unit) or dol.webhelp@ct.gov or visit www.ctdol.state.ct.us

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, employment agency services are subject to sales tax.  File form REG-1 online or mail.  Contact the agency:  1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut Only) or (860) 297-5962 or drs@po.state.ct.us  Visit: www.ct.gov/drs

Are there any special requirements for event planning?

There are no occupational or trade licenses required for event planning.

However, if your business is hired to plan events/conferences/seminars for a business that normally plans events for themselves, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services views this as "business management services", which is subject to the state sales tax. Event planning is not taxable if your business plans events for entertainment, parties and the like.  Otherwise, event planning may be considered consulting services which may be subject to sales tax.  File form REG-1 online or through mail for the sales and use tax.  Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or drs@po.state.ct.us  Visit: www.ct.gov/drs   

If providing wedding and bridal consulting services - planning weddings including giving advice on floral arrangements, decorations and outfits for the bride, the groom and attendants, budget preparation and keeping a gift registry - there are no specific requirements, although some associations such as the Association of Bridal Consultants offer comprehensive training. Contact the association:  (860) 355-0464. 

 

Do lactation consultants need to be licensed?

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, a license is not required for individuals who offer personal consultation services for breast-feeding mothers (lactation consultants).  However, the services are limited to support services and excludes anatomical advice for either baby or mother which requires a referral to a licensed practitioner (nurse or doctor).

I repair marine vessels, do I need to be licensed?

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (Dealers and Repairers Unit) and the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, there are no licensing requirements for marine vessel repair.

If commercial diving refer to Are there any special requirements for commercial dive and/or boat chartering operations? 

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, the marine vessel repair services are tax exempt.  However, the sale of parts and supplies are subject to sales tax.  File form REG-1 online or through mail. Review SN 2006(12) Sales and Use Tax to Vessels.  Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only) or (860) 297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs     


I offer marketing services, is there a license requirement?

There are no trade or occupational licenses required for marketing services including consulting, market research and public relations.

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, business marketing research services are not considered taxable.  However, if consulting includes strategic planning, long and short-term planning and/or consulting, such as accessing the client's business, services are subject to sales tax.  In addition, public relations is considered taxable.  Obtain a state sales and use tax certificate by filing form REG-1 online or through mail

Refer to the following publications:
Public Relations Services, Marketing Services Ruling 94-9
Advertising, Public Relations, Graphic Design Ruling 95-7 
Marketing Research Ruling 91-17
Management Services Ruling 94-12

Contact the agency:  1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs

In addition, businesses that wish to advertise or offer advertisement on the internet should be familiar with Advertising and Marketing on the Internet provided by the Federal Trade Commission

Contact the Connecticut Licensing Info Center (CT-CLIC.com) to learn about further registration considerations or if you require additional assistance: 1-800-392-2122 or Contact form .

Are massage therapists licensed?

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, massage therapists and individuals practicing reflexology require a massage therapy license.  Myotherapy (muscle trigger point therapy) and "Rieke" - a non intrusive Japanese treatment of healing using energy - does not require licensing.

Reflexology is a specialized type of massage.  Reflexologists gently put pressure on their clients' reflex points, found in their feet, hands or ears. Reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat a specific illness. Instead of dealing with a specific illness, they attempt to induce deep relaxation in their clients, resulting in less stress, pain, improved circulation, better nerve functioning, and increased energy levels. 

Contact the agency: (860) 509-7603 

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, massage therapy is subject to sales tax and requires a sales and use tax certificate by filing form REG-1 online or through mail.  Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), 860-297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs

Does medical transcription and stenographic services require licensing?

There are no occupational or trade licenses required for medical transcription and stenographic services.

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, medical transcription and stenographic services are subject to the Connecticut sales tax and requires a sales and use tax certificate.  File form REG-1 online or through mail.  Review IP 2006(8) - Sales and Use Taxes on Computer-Related Services.  Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs    

Contact the Connecticut Licensing Info Center (CT-CLIC.com) to learn about further registration considerations or if you require additional assistance: 1-800-392-2122 or Contact form .

Are salons and spas licensed?

Salons, spas and barbershops are required to contact the local health department for oversight of the facility.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has jurisdiction over licensed hairdressers and barbers.  According to the agency, each hairdressing shop, store or place shall be under the management of a registered hairdresser and cosmetician (CGS, Sec. 20-259.)  

According to the Connecticut State Statutes Section 20-250 hairdressing and cosmetology means "the art of dressing, arranging, curling, waving, weaving, cutting, singeing, bleaching and coloring the hair and treating the scalp of any person, and massaging, cleansing, stimulating, manipulating, exercising or beautifying with the use of the hands, appliances, cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, creams, powders, oils or clays and doing similar work on the face, neck and arms, and manicuring the fingernails of any person for compensation, provided nothing in this subdivision shall prohibit an unlicensed person from performing facials, eyebrow arching, shampooing, manicuring of the fingernails or, for cosmetic purposes only, trimming, filing and painting the healthy toenails, excluding cutting nail beds, corns and calluses or other medical treatment involving the foot or ankle, or braiding hair".

Additionally, acupunctureelectrolysis and massage therapy requires licensing.

Contact the agency: (860) 509-7603 or visit www.ct.gov/dph

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services hair dressing services are not considered taxable.  However, nail care, pedicures, waxing and tanning are considered taxable.  Additionally, any products sold in the salon or spa are subject to sales tax.  Obtain a sales and use tax certificate by filing form REG-1 online or through mail. Retailers should be familiar with the resale certificate.   Contact the agency: 800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or visit www.ct.gov/drs

Are travel agencies licensed?

The services of a travel agent or travel agency do not require licensing. 

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services travel agency services and the sale of airline tickets, travel packages or travel clubs are not taxable.  Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962 or visit: www.ct.gov/drs

The Airlines Reporting Corporation is an airline-owned company serving the travel industry with financial services, data products and services, ticket distribution, original travel solutions, and settlement in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.  ARC accredits travel agencies and Corporate Travel Departments (CTDs) in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.  Contact ARC: (703) 816-8000  

Contact the Connecticut Licensing Info Center (CT-CLIC.com) to learn about further registration considerations or if you require additional assistance: 1-800-392-2122 or Contact form .

I operate a tree service business, do I need a license?

Any work performed to improve the well being of fruit, shade or ornamental trees requires an arborist license with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.  Contact the agency:  (860) 424-3369 or visit: www.ct.gov/deep
     
For information on arborist licensing and tests, contact the Department of Forestry and Horticulture; Agricultural Experiment Station.  Contact the agency: (203) 974-8605  Visit: www.ct.gov/caes

According to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, if your services include grinding and/or removal of tree stumps or planting trees, your services are considered landscaping and requires a home improvement license.  Note: Cutting down trees does not require a license.  Contact the agency:  (860) 713-6110 or visit: www.ct.gov/dcp

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services requires all contractors to register for the sales and use tax certificate by filing form REG-1 online or through mail.  Services performed on commercial, income producing or non-owner occupied residences are subject to sales tax.  However, services performed on owner occupied residential property is not subject to sales tax.  In addition, out of state contractors performing services in Connecticut may be required to post a bond before performing work. Note: Contractors are considered consumers purchasing materials used in home improvement services and cannot use a resale certificate.  For more information, see the building contractors guide to sales and use tax and SN 2005(12) Nonresident Contractor Bonds and Deposits.  Contact the agency: 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962, (860) 541-7538 (Bond Hotline) or visit: www.ct.gov/drs      


     

Are there special requirements to serve papers?

Individuals wishing to serve papers on behalf of the court system must become a state marshal in the county in which they reside or be an elected town constable / police officer.  For more information contact the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch at (860) 566-7109. 

Are there special considerations for television, video and audio production?

There are no trade or occupational licenses required for television, video and audio production in Connecticut.

According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, the production process may be subject to sales tax.  Review the publication Taxation of the Audio and Video Production Process.  File form REG-1 online through the mail to apply for the sales and use tax certificate. Contact the agency:   800-382-9463 (Connecticut only), (860) 297-5962  or visit www.ct.gov/drs 

Additional services are provided through the Connecticut Film Office.  Contact the agency:  (860) 270-8198  

Cable installation requires an electrical contractor license through the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.   Contractors need to pass the electrical contractor exam given by PSI licensure:certification (1-800-733-9267, comments@psiexams.com or visit http://candidate.psiexams.com).  Contact the agency: (860) 713-6135 or visit www.ct.gov/dcp 

Is licensing or certification required to perform energy audits?

Connecticut does not require energy auditors to hold a license specific to auditing, however, trade licenses may be required if performing trade services such as home improvement; heating, cooling and sheet metal; and other.  Individuals performing audits should be certified in accordance to BPI (Building Performance Institute) standards.

Connecticut utility companies offer further information on the certification process.  Contact Craig Clarke at Eversource Energy at 800 826-2000 or Dennis O'Connor at United Illuminating at 203-499-3715.