The office of the Secretary of State can direct businesses to state agencies that may require special licenses, permits and other types of certification.

The Secretary's office compiles the "Mississippi Official and Statistical Register” which provides the addresses and summaries of duties of such groups as the Board of Barber Examiners, the Board of Public Accountancy, the Commission on Health Care and others.

The Secretary's office also publishes a “Mississippi Government Official Telephone Directory" with a classified section of state agencies, a summary of Mississippi local privilege tax laws and other material that can provide important direction to businesses.

Food Processing/Handling

A venture which entails the handling/processing of foods must meet sanitary standards of the Mississippi State Board of Health. An owner of this type of business should contact their local county health department. Stove 8 ventilation systems in restaurants must conform to local fire-prevention codes; a restaurant owner should contact the local fire department or town hall for guidance.


Hinds County Health Department
350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 978-7864

MS State Dept. of Health
570 E. Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 576-7400 

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Ammunition

Businesses that sell alcoholic beverages, tobacco, firearms or ammunition should contact the following agencies that have control over the sale of these items: United States Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Mississippi State Tax Commission's Alcoholic Beverage Control Bureau (ABC). The ABC not only grants or denies licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages, but it is also the State's only wholesaler of wines and liquors.

Your local government (city/town) may have specific regulations that must be met also.


U.S. Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
Federal Bldg.
100 W. Capitol St., Ste.703
Jackson, MS 39269
(601) 965-4205

MS State Tax Commission
Alcoholic Beverage Control
P O Box 540
Madison, MS 39110-0540
(601) 856-1380