Dallas has a great reputation as a “business friendly” city (see: https://fitsmallbusiness.com/most-entrepreneurial-cities/ ; https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/26/see-where-dfw-ranks-among-the-countrys-most.html ; and https://www.dmagazine.com/business-economy/2018/04/dallas-mayor-mike-rawlings-startups-are-setting-the-tone-for-the-city/ ). And rightly so. It is easy to start a business in the City of Dallas. How easy? Here’s a list of permits required by the city to start your business:
That’s right; unless you’re selling booze, food, dance, or billiards, chances are you don’t need a permit from the City of Dallas. But, check with the city to make certain: http://dallascityhall.com/departments/waterutilities/special_collections/Pages/special_collections_licenses.aspx.
However, Dallas County also has a say about your business, particularly what you name your business. For more information on creating a dba (doing business as) head over to the Dallas County Clerk’s office: https://www.dallascounty.org/department/countyclerk/faq-assumed.php.
Also, your new business will be required to act as a collector of sales tax (bummer!) Find out more about that requirement from the Texas Comptroller’s Office: https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/sales/
And remember, the Dallas B.R.A.I.N. is here to point you in the right direction of answers to your business related questions.