Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania State Capitol. Photo credit: Zack Frank/

The state House of Representatives unanimously passed the One-Stop Shop Act, which creates a single website to aid existing and potential business owners in identifying and accessing all the necessary permits, licenses, certifications and other  documents essential to starting and running their business in accordance to Pennsylvania law.

The bill would require the Department of Community & Economic Development to create a website that provides for internet-based access to features such as registering: business names, professional licensure requirements; business structures and fictitious names with the Department of State; state tax accounts with the Department of Revenue; and employer accounts with the Department of Labor and Industry.

The site would also have to include contact information for “political subdivisions” for assistance with identifying local requirements for businesses.

The legislation also lists other functions the Department of Community & Economic Development should include on the website, such as an individual business account to store a business’s general information.

The One-Stop Shop Act also requires an annual report to the House and the Senate detailing the number of businesses assisted and the type of assistance provided to each business. The bill was referred to the state Senate’s Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee.

— V.H. •