How do I acquire a business or occupational license in Monroe, Louisiana?
In the City of Monroe, the business license is also known as the occupational license. There are a number of prerequisites that must be fulfilled prior to the City issuing you an occupational license. First, a Certificate of Occupancy is required. Below, you will find the method in which you can obtain one. Next, you will need a Monroe Use and Sales Tax Number and State and Federal Tax Identification Numbers. Both are required to complete the business application process. You can contact the Tax and Revenue Department at (318) 329-2279 for information on how to obtain these numbers.
The Tax and Revenue Department is located at 316 Breard Street, Monroe, LA 71201. You may download the Occupational License Application directly on the City of Monroe’s website at: Monroe Business License. At this time, the application is not interactive.
You can fax it the completed application to (318) 329-2362 (so long as you pay the fee within 30 days) or you can mail it to the Tax and Revenue Division, P.O. Box 123, Monroe, LA 71210-0123. Additionally, you can apply in person at the City Hall Annex Building, Taxation and Revenue, Utilities Operations, 316 Breard Street, Monroe, LA 71201.
If you prefer, you can request that the Revenue Department fax you an occupational license application. To do so, please call (318) 329-2220.
How can I receive a Monroe Certificate of Occupancy?
Neither land nor structure is able to be used until a Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the City of Monroe. Also, businesses are not permitted to proceed until they possess a Certificate of Occupancy. This can be obtained by physically going to the Planning and Zoning Office. At that time, a $75 fee will be due in order to fully submit your application for a Certificate of Occupancy. Currently, the application is not available online. If you have any questions, you may contact the Planning and Zoning Office at (318) 329-2212. The Planning and Zoning Office is located at 3901 Jackson Street, Monroe, LA 71202.
What are the fees or costs of applying and maintaining an occupational license in Monroe?
The cost, also known as the occupational license tax, is based on the type of business that you will operate and the estimated annual gross receipts. The list is highly specific, therefore you will need to visit the City of Monroe’s website to view the calculation table: Monroe Calculation Table. The occupational license tax is found on the reverse side of the occupational license application. If you obtain it online, it is found at the bottom of the page. The occupational license tax is due by the last day of February of each year. The license is then mailed to you.
How do I know if my business type requires an occupational license in Monroe?
All businesses unless exempt by law are required to obtain occupational licenses. Usually, only non-profit organizations or state and federal facilities are exempt. Contact the City directly for further details on whether or not you will be required to obtain business licensing. You can call the Revenue Department at (318) 329-2220.
What information is required for the Monroe occupational license application?
The application generally requires you to provide your name, your address, your social security number, the name, address, and telephone number of the business, an estimate of gross receipts annually, a signature and the tax calculation based on the city’s chart on the end of the application.
Questions or concerns?
The City of Monroe’s business hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can be reached at (318) 329-2220.
City Hall Annex Building
Taxation and Revenue
316 Breard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
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