Do I need a business license to open a small business in Augusta, GA?
Yes! Every person must obtain a business permit, also called a Business Tax Certificate, before opening a business in Augusta, GA. Business licenses cannot be transferred, so you must apply for a new business license even if you are buying a business.
What can I expect to find on the business license application?
The Business Tax Return (Augusta Georgia Business License) (business license) asks questions about your business such as its name, address, start date, and type of ownership. There are also questions regarding the name, address, social security number, and title of the owner(s).
You will also need to know your estimated total gross receipts. You will need this amount to complete the Business Tax Return and you will use this figure to determine the cost of your business license. To find your business license cost, use the Tax Amount Table, found here. If you have questions about this portion of your application, you can contact the License and Inspections Department at (706) 312-5050.
If you are a professional (someone who needs an additional license to practice in the State of Georgia), you can either pay the fee based on your estimated total gross receipts or you can pay a flat fee of $400. If you have questions about this, contact the License and Inspections Department at (706) 312-5050.
Can I operate a small business from my home?
You can operate a small business from your home if you acquire a home-based business license. To obtain this permit, your home business must meet the following requirements:
1) Your business will not increase the amount of traffic in your neighborhood
2) Your business will not require any advertisements to be posted on or near your home
3) A commercial vehicle will not be parked in front of your home
4) Your business materials will not be visibly stored outside of your home
If your business does not meet these guidelines, you may request an exception from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
If you are the owner of your home or have written permission from the owner of your home and you meet the conditions listed above, you may apply for a home based business license. To do this, you must go to the Zoning and Planning Department, located at 525 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901 (706-821-1796), fill out the appropriate applications, and pay a $100 fee.
Will my small business require any additional permits, licenses, or fees?
There are many businesses that require additional permits, licenses, and fees. Some examples are:
- Family Day Cares
- Family Personal Care Homes
- Businesses that sell alcohol
- Hotels and Motels
- Businesses that involve adult entertainment
- Massage Therapists
- Businesses that involve vehicles
For more information on the businesses listed above and for a complete list of businesses that require additional permits, licenses or fees, contact the License and Inspections Department at (706) 312-5050 and visit their website.
Who should I contact if I have questions or would like more information on the business license application process in Augusta, GA?
If you would like more information, contact the License and Inspections Department at (706) 312-5050.
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