Do I need a business license to operate a small business in Atlanta, GA?
Yes, you do! Every business must have a business license, also called a Business Tax Registration Certificate, before opening for business in Atlanta, GA. Even if the business is simply changing owners, you must apply for a new business license. Also, you must get a new business license for each location of the same business.
How do I apply for a small business license in Atlanta?
First, you must go to the Zoning Enforcement Division
(Atlanta Georgia Zoning
), located at 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Suite 3900, Atlanta, GA 30303 (404-330-6175), to verify that your business is located within the city limits of Atlanta, GA and to obtain approval for your business location. After you receive approval for your location, you must fill out the New Business Tax Application Form, found here
. Once this form is filled out, you must take your zoning approval, your completed application form, a photo ID, proof that your business is incorporated (if applicable), and a $75 non-refundable registration fee (checks are not accepted) to the City of Atlanta Business Tax Division, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 1350, Atlanta, Georgia 30335-0317. If you apply in person, it should take 30 minutes to receive your temporary permit that expires in 30 days. Once you have been billed for and have paid the taxes for your new business, you will be issued a permanent business license. Please note that the Business Tax Division processes applications from 8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. every weekday except Tuesday.
You may also apply for a small business license via mail. To do this, mail a completed New Business Tax Application and the $75 registration fee (using a money order or a certified bank check made out to the City of Atlanta) to City of Atlanta Business Tax Division, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 1350, Atlanta, Georgia 30335-0317. If you choose to apply via mail, allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing.
What information will I need to fill out the New Business Tax Application Form?
To fill out your New Business Tax Application Form you will need to know information about your business such as the name, start date, federal tax I.D. number, State Tax I.D. number, location, and number of employees. You will also need to know information about the owners such as names, addresses, and social security numbers.
What other permits might I need before applying for a business license in Atlanta?
There are many types of businesses that require additional licenses or permits. Some common examples include:
- Vendors selling goods on private or public lands
- Businesses that will handle food or drink
- Businesses that sell alcoholic beverages of any kind
- Businesses that involve adult entertainment or escort services
- Businesses that involve billiard or pool rooms
- Businesses that involve massage salons or technicians
- Businesses that involve hotels or motels
- Adult or child day cares
Please see the Business License Tax Instruction Manual (Atlanta Georgia Business License) for a full list of businesses that require additional permits.
What does it cost to apply for a small business license?
Every business must pay a $75 non-refundable registration fee when submitting their application packet. The total cost of the business license will be based on the amount of money the business is expected to make and the number of employees that will be employed. For more information on this, please see the Business License Tax Instruction Manual (Atlanta Georgia Business License) or the New Business Tax Application & Tax Structure (Atlanta Georgia Business License) document.
Where can I go for more information on applying for a small business license in Atlanta, GA?
Most of the information you need to apply for a business license can be found in the business license section (Atlanta Georgia Business License) of the City of Atlanta website. If you have additional questions, you can call City of Atlanta Business Tax Division at (404) 330-6270 or visit them at 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 1350, Atlanta, Georgia 30335-0317.
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