Any business or individual that owns or operates a business in Decatur will need to obtain a City of Decatur Business License. While this online form will help to expedite the process of licensing, you will need to contact the Revenue Department directly to complete the process. They can be reached at (256) 341-4546. If your business will be located within city limits, a Certificate of Occupancy will also need to be applied for and approved before a business license can be issued. There may also be some prerequisites, depending on the type of business you own, which is why it is so important to contact the Revenue Department.
What information will I need to complete the online form?
You will need to be aware of the name and physical location of the business, type of business, mailing address, and contact information for the owner(s) including email and phone number. In addition, a list of survey questions will need to be completed involving:
- Whether you’ll be using vehicles in the business.
- If installation or services will be performed in the city.
- Whether the business will be for a one time event.
- If you are a building contractor finishing a project in the city.
- Whether you’ll need tax reporting forms.
- If the business involves leasing vehicles or products to consumers in the city.
- Will you have a sales location or sales agents soliciting business in the city.
How do I apply for a license?
Once the forms have been completed, the Revenue Department will contact you for any other requirements and to complete the application process.
What is the cost of the license?
The cost is dependent upon the estimated amount of gross receipts for the licensing year (same as the calendar year). The Revenue Department will work with each business regarding any variables that will affect the cost of the license. All licenses will expire at the end of the calendar year and must be renewed by February 1 or they will be considered delinquent.
What about business taxes?
Businesses located in the City of Decatur must be in compliance with state and local tax laws. Local taxes are paid directly to the Department of Revenue. When you register your business, an account number is given along with reporting forms. Taxes can then be set up to be collected monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.
What if I have a home based business?
A zoning variance form will need to be completed before any business can be transacted. Home based businesses must meet guidelines set by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BOZA). Applications can be submitted to the Building Director, who will review all home based business applications and an Administrative Hearing will be held once a month to review the applications and this meeting is open to the public. A $50 filing fee is required along with the form and must be turned in by the 20th of the month before the Administrative Hearing. For further questions regarding home based businesses, contact Patricia Fanari, CPS, at (256) 341-4574.
For more information or questions regarding business licenses, contact the Revenue Department by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (256) 341-4546.
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