Originally Posted by Phlex
Well zoning and property taxes are ideally the property owners expense. Of course where I was looking at moving into, was an established building already zoned commercial. There are permits and fees that are attatched to anything your gonna do within your store, (building wise). The city wants its cut no matter what. And yes you will have to pay sales tax on everything you sell.
Zoning for your biz isn't the property owners responsibility, it the biz owners, so are the tax on the biz. Local government doesn't just let you plop a shop down without permits, licenses, plans, approvals, even EIR's with a business like a LFS
. Don't forget the local animal control and permits from them too (at least here). Look at Walmart in the county I live in, they've been trying to get a store here since forever and the local govnmt just laughs at them because it'll never happen. In & Out Burger had to cut the drive-thru, cut the sq ft, no pole mounted sign, etc. just to get in here. Now this county is the extreme, but we have a no growth policy due to access. But other areas can be just as strict. Even a home based biz has to get approvals/etc, don't get them and get caught, you're in for some serious trouble. Don't for get the IRS, Wesley Snipes can explain that better though :P.