As soon as the new begins to wear off the New Year, kids around the country will begin itching for spring break. Odds are good when spring rolls around that some of the children in warmer parts of the country will put up a lemonade stand to make a few dollars. Odds are also good at least one municipality will order the kids to close the lemonade stand or pay a fine for failure to obtain a necessary license or permit.
Shutting down a child’s lemonade stand may seem absurd, and oftentimes a resolution is found in a long-forgotten exception in the city’s ordinances. Nonetheless, the cities made their point. The consequences of non-compliance for a commercial enterprise of any size can be devastating and may include fines, cease and desist letters, and criminal penalties in some cases.
Permitting and licensing requirements can vary greatly from one place to the next, and even small businesses may require multiple permits and licenses depending on the nature of the business. A restaurant may require as many as a dozen permits in some situations or locations.
Business can be risky enough without incurring additional risk and expenses. Consulting with an experienced business law attorney to make sure your business is in compliance is the best way to avoid costly fines and penalties for noncompliance. Once you have acquired all of the licenses and permits needed, put renewal periods in big, red letters on the calendar.
The attorneys at the Scolieri Law Group, P.C. can help ensure compliance with local permitting and licensing agencies, or any other matter related to your business. Located in western Pennsylvania, our attorneys are experienced in Pennsylvania business law and can take care of the details for you every step of the way. Contact us today at (412) 765-0546 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.