The Occupational Tax Department is responsible for the issuing of Occupational Tax Registrations for home and commercial locations, better known as a business license, for the unincorporated jurisdiction of Douglas County.
In addition to Occupational Tax Registrations, below is a list of other responsibilities:
- Server Permits (to serve alcohol to customers in a restaurant or bar setting)
- Collections of excise tax for Liquor, Beer & Wine & Hotels
- Door to Door Sales Permits
- Passenger Carrying Vehicle Identification Badges (Limousine & Taxi Cab Drivers)
- Alcohol Beverage License
- Special Events
- Enforcing Occupational Tax & Alcohol Ordinances, issuing citations and court summons for ordinance violations
While maintaining the above responsibilities, it is vital for continuous education on the changing of state mandated laws. Research is necessary to continually update the records and keep uniform with the State and Internal Revenue regulations.
We here at the Occupational Tax Department will strive to uphold the laws and regulations for our community and the public.
On the right side of our web page we have set up several links that may direct you to the proper department for your particular need. However, if you should need further assistance, please feel free to call our office anytime at 770.920.7348 or 770.920.7351.
The Staff of the Occupational Tax Department
New Applications:(forms are to the right)
Prior to applying for your new Business Registration you will need to complete the Business Location Profile form. This form must be approved prior to you submitting an application for a Business Registration (business license) New applications are accepted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
All other business is conducted until 4:00 p.m.
We accept checks, cash, credit cards (visa & master) & debit cards. (no counter checks)
2013 LICENSE ARE DUE BY MARCH 31, 2013
Your 2013 renewal form will be mailed on November 9th, 2012. If you did not receive your renewal form, please download a blank 2013 Renewal Form from the "Downloadable Documents List" on the right side of this page. Along with the Renewal form you will need to submit Number 3. Affidavit Verifying Status Number 4. GA Dept of Rev Addendum to Business License Application forms and Number 5 or Number 6 E-Verify forms. Affidavit Verifying Status and the E- Verify forms must be notarized! For your convenience we are notaries here at the county. Renew your license by March 31st to avoid penalties!
Relocating or Closing Business:
All businesses that move their location or close their business are required to inform 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 through the internet by e-mailing email@example.com.
Registering a Trade Name/Fictitious Name/DBA
It is a State Law for any business that is not operating under their own name but rather a fictitious/trade name and is not registered with the state, 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 County Clerk of Superior Courts on the 2nd Floor in the Courthouse. Please go to the website for the "Clerk of Superior Courts" to read about the application process. Contact number: 770.920.7252.