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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Business License/Occupational Tax
Contact: Susan Furr, Sr. Secretary or Becky Collins, 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 (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) Occupational Tax Department employees are notaries for your convenience.

If you have not renewed your Occupational Tax Registration for 2014 for the month of Aug there will be an additional penalty fee of 16% for paying late. You may download the renewal form located to the right under the downloadable documents. It is number (8) eight. If you have any questions, please give us a call. We will be happy to assist you.

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 ptyska@co.douglas.ga.us.

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 Business Guide
First Stop Resource for New Businesses with listings of frequently requested phone numbers and information.

- First Stop Web Link
First Stop Resource for Businesses

- Georgia of Secretary of State
Georgia Secretary of State web site

- Municode.com
Resource directory for Douglas County's Code of Ordinances.

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. 2014 Renewal Form - 69.6KB

09. General Requirements for a Business License - 212.5KB

10. Tax Bracket Fee Schedule 2013 - 241.7KB

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 2014 - 57.9KB

New Business Listing 02 2014 - 55.8KB

New Business Listing 03 2014 - 59.9KB

New Business Listing 04 2014 - 58.4KB

New Business Listing 05 2014 - 47.1KB

New Business Listing 06 2014 - 55.3KB

New Business Listing 07 2014 - 53.8KB

New Business Listing 08 2014 - 40.4KB

New Business Listing 09 2014 - 40.4KB

New Business Listing 10 2013 - 54.8KB

New Business Listing 11 2013 - 47.6KB

New Business Listing 12 2013 - 55.3KB

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