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Business License/Occupational Tax

Contact: Tammy Carden, Sr. Secretary or Kelly Voelker, Compliance Officer -
8700 Hospital Drive - First Floor, Development Services, Douglas County Courthouse
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
Phone: 770.920.7348 or 7351 - Fax: 770.920.7482

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

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.

Yard Sale Permits
Alcohol Server Permits
Alcohol Beverage Licensing

First Stop Web Link
First Stop Resource for Businesses

Georgia of Secretary of State
Georgia Secretary of State web site


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 Business License - 208.4KB

How to Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the Internal Revenue Service - FREE - 16.2KB

Massage and Massage Parlor Licensing Ordinance Changes - adopted March 18, 2008 - 11.5KB

New Business Listing 01 2017 - 172.2KB

New Business Listing 02 2016 - 174.5KB

New Business Listing 03 2016 - 136.3KB

New Business Listing 04 2016 - 133.2KB

New Business Listing 05 2016 - 124.7KB

New Business Listing 06 2016 - 162.9KB

New Business Listing 07 2016 - 132.3KB

New Business Listing 08 2016 - 134.8KB

New Business Listing 09 2016 - 165.5KB

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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