Start a business in Montgomery


State of Ohio Requirements

Businesses located in the State of Ohio typically must register with the Federal Internal Revenue (IRS) as well as the Ohio Department of Taxation.  Many businesses must register as a legal entity with the Secretary of State.  In addition, employers must follow the requirements of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Hamilton County Requirements

Businesses are required to apply to the Hamilton County Auditor for a Vendors License, which authorizes the business to make taxable sales and collect sales tax.

City of Montgomery Requirements

When searching for the perfect location for your business, please be sure to refer to the City of Montgomery Zoning Code, Chapters 150 & 151.  In addition to businesses located within commercial areas, certain home occupations and home offices are permitted by the Montgomery Zoning Code.  There are restrictions which apply and certain businesses are prohibited as in-home occupations.

The City of Montgomery uses the services of the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) for all your business tax filings and payroll withholding account needs. Once your business is open to the public, you can contact RITA at 1-800-860-7482 to set up your Business Account.  All tax filings and payments will be processed with RITA. If you need help setting up your account with RITA, we can assist you. You can stop by City Hall or call the office at 513-792-8333. The tax office is located at 10101 Montgomery Road, Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30.

For more information or to verify zoning and the future placement of your business, please call the Montgomery Community Development Department at 792-8309.

Permitting and Zoning

The new location of your business may require additional permitting for building and/or zoning.  The following list of items require permitting through our Community Development Department:

  • Signage-building, free standing and temporary
  • New Buildings, Additions, Interior Renovations
  • Electrical, mechanical, alarms
  • Fire suppression systems
  • Roofing
  • Expansion of parking or paved areas on lot
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