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Douglas County is extending the deadline for Occupational Tax Payments from March 31st to April 30th. For those business and home occupations that have NOT paid already we also want to encourage them to mail in their payments and include a check or money order rather than coming into the courthouse personally. The requirement for a notary is being waived as well and delinquency notices will NOT go out until after the April 30, 2020 date.
The Occupational Tax Department is responsible for issuing Occupational Tax Registrations for In-home and Commercial locations, better known as a business license, for the unincorporated jurisdiction of Douglas County (unincorporated meaning not located within the Cities of Austell, Douglasville or Villa Rica even if you have a mailing address/zip code of Austell, Douglasville or Villa Rica).
In addition to Occupational Tax Registrations, this office has other responsibilities.
The Occupational Tax Department will strive to uphold the laws and regulations for our community and the public.
On the right-hand side of this web page are several links that will direct you to the proper department for your particular need. If you should need further assistance, please call our office at 770.920.7351 or 770.920-7348.
Registering a Trade Name/Fictitious Name/DBA It is State Law for any business that is not operating under their legal name, but rather a fictitious/trade name and is not registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as an Incorporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), etc., to register with the County where it will transact a majority of its business. This allows creditors and others the opportunity to learn the identity of the actual owner, since it will be the owner who is personally liable for the debts and obligations of the business. A Trade Name/DBA can be obtained at the Douglas County Clerk of Superior Court, 2nd floor, Judicial side, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville 30134, phone 770.920.7252.
Applying for a New Business License
Before beginning your new business, and prior to applying for your new Business Registration, your business location must be approved. In order to be considered for approval, please complete and submit the
The approval process takes 3 - 7 business days for in-home offices, and a minimum of 7 days for commercial businesses. Occupational Tax will contact you via phone or e-mail once you are approved.
In-Home Commercial Driver's License - must match your address. If you are a resident alien, you must also bring in a valid permanent resident card/employment authorization card Driver's License - If you are a resident alien, you must also bring in a valid permanent resident card/employment authorization card. Utility Bill (gas, electric, water, phone, cable) with the correct name & address - If you do not have a utility bill in your name, your roommate, spouse, landlord, partner, or significant other may provide a copy of their utility bill and a notarized letter authorizing you to have a business at the location. (We can provide a template for this letter upon request.) Copy of the lease or proof of ownership.
For both In-Home and Commercial: If you are not going to name your business your legal name, you will need to obtain a Trade Name/DBA or Articles of Incorporation or documents for a Limited Liability Company (LLC) registered with the Georgia Secretary of State.
Registering a Trade Name/Fictitious Name/DBA
It is State Law for any business that is not operating under their legal name, but rather a fictitious/trade name and is not registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as an Incorporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), etc., to register with the County where it will transact a majority of its business. This allows creditors and others the opportunity to learn the identity of the actual owner, since it will be the owner who is personally liable for the debts and obligations of the business. A Trade Name/DBA can be obtained at the Douglas County Clerk of Superior Court, 2nd floor, Judicial side, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville 30134, phone 770.920.7252.
The minimum amount you owe will be $95, it is based on your estimated gross receipts. We accept check, money order, cash, VISA and MasterCard, and debit cards (no counter checks.
New applications are accepted between the hours of 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Renewal payments are accepted until 3:45 p.m.
Relocating or Closing Business:
All businesses prior to relocating must be approved. There is a 45.00 Admin fee that may be applied if your location has changed. To be considered for approval, you must complete and submit the Business Location Profile form (same as a new location). The approval process takes 3 to 7 business days. All businesses that are closing are required to notify the Occupational Tax Department.
Yard Sales! Call 770.920.7468
Yard sale permit numbers must be on all signs posted. No signs are to be in the right of way and are to be removed immediately after the sale. Citations can be issued to those that do not comply with County Ordinances. You may obtain a permit number by calling 770.920.7468. You may also request a permit by e-mailing email@example.com.
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01. Business Location Profile - 28.5KB
02. Occupational Tax Registration Form - 86.0KB
03. Affidavit Verifying Status - 24.6KB
04. GA Dept of Rev Addendum to Business Occupancy License Application - 569.9KB
05. E-Verify Private Employer Exemption Affidavit 10 or less Employees - 24.1KB
06. E-Verify Private Employer Affidavit of Compliance more than 10 Employees - 23.6KB
07. In-Home Office/Occupation Businesses Only - 351.3KB
08. General Requirements for an In-Home Business License - 248.8KB
09. General Requirements for a Commercial Business License - 179.5KB
2020 BLANK RENEWAL - 679.6KB
GIS INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAX DISTRICT - 559.7KB
How to Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the Internal Revenue Service - FREE - 16.2KB
New Business Listing 01 2020 - 94.7KB
New Business Listing 02 2020 - 92.8KB
New Business Listing 03 2019 - 303.5KB
New Business Listing 04 2019 - 287.6KB New Business Listing 04 2018
New Business Listing 05 2019 - 292.9KB
New Business Listing 06 2019 - 283.1KB
New Business Listing 07 2019 - 287.3KB
New Business Listing 08 2019 - 283.9KB
New Business Listing 09 2019 - 264.5KB
New Business Listing 10 2019 - 142.2KB
New Business Listing 11 2019 - 290.8KB
New Business Listing 12 2020 - 274.8KB
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