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Any person conducting business, via sales or service which originate and operate within Douglas County is required to obtain a Business License and pay an Occupational Tax. It is the responsibility of the business owner to maintain a current and active Business License.
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).
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.
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 Business Location Profile Form prior to submitting an application for a Business Registration/Business License.
The following steps are required to obtain a Business License in the unincorporated area of Douglas County.
|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.|
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.
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Georgia of Secretary of State
Directions to the Douglas County Courthouse - 23.6KB
01. Business Location Profile Form - 81.9KB
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. 2017 Renewal Form - 377.1KB
09. General Requirements for a Commercial Business License - 179.2KB
10. General Requirements for an In-Home Business License - 180.0KB
How to Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the Internal Revenue Service - FREE - 16.2KB
New Business Listing 01 2017 - 172.2KB
New Business Listing 02 2017 - 131.5KB
New Business Listing 03 2017 - 136.6KB
New Business Listing 04 2017 - 125.5KB
New Business Listing 05 2017 - 130.7KB
New Business Listing 06 2017 - 126.1KB
New Business Listing 07 2017 - 124.9KB
New Business Listing 08 2017 - 131.3KB
New Business Listing 09 2017 - 116.4KB
New Business Listing 10 2016 - 112.2KB
New Business Listing 11 2016 - 129.4KB
New Business Listing 12 2016 - 118.7KB
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