Renewal Reminders for 2016 Occupational Tax/Business Licenses were mailed beginning October 22, 2015. You may download your registration renewal forms HERE. We strongly recommend that you come in our office to make your payment but if you must mail it in, PLEASE call us first to verify your tax class and payment amount. Once this is done, please fill the forms out and remit the appropriate payment to Douglas County in person or postmarked no later than December 31, 2015. We hope to begin to issue Occupational Tax/Business License renewals for 2016 on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, but will start no later than Monday, November 2, 2015.
**NOTE: Occupational Tax is in the process of converting to a new software program. If you wish to apply for a new business license for 2015, please do so by submitting a Business Location Profile form. Once you are approved, we can issue you a 2015 business license which will need to be renewed for 2016 no later than December 31, 2015. Or, you may choose to wait until on or just before November 2, 2015, to be issued a license for 2016. Once a license is issued for 2016, you will immediately be able to operate on it.
We apologize for an inconvenience, and ask you to please be patient as we go through this conversion.
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
- Alcohol Beverage License
- 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)
Before opening 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 Business Location Profile form prior to submitting an application for a Business Registration (business license). The approval process takes 3 to 7 business days. 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) Occupational Tax Department employees are notaries for your convenience.
Relocating or Closing Business:
All businesses prior to relocating must be approved. 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 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.