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.
Occupational Tax Registration must be renewed by March 31st, 2015
2015 RENEWAL FORMS WERE MAILED NOVEMBER 7TH 2014. OCCUPATIONAL TAX REGISTRATIONS FOR 2014 EXPIRED 12/31/2014. HOWEVER WE GIVE A GRACE PERIOD UNTIL MARCH 31ST. ANY MAILED RENEWALS POSTMARKED AFTER MARCH 31ST, 2015 WILL BE ASSESSED PENALTIES.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.