Business License / Occupational Tax

Responsibilities

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).

In addition to Occupational Tax Registrations, this office has other responsibilities:

  • Alcohol Beverage Licenses
  • Collections of excise tax for Liquor, Beer & Wine, and Hotels
  • Door-to-Door Sales Permits
  • Enforcing Occupational Tax and Alcohol Ordinances, issuing citations and court summons for ordinance violations
  • Issue Server Permits (to serve alcohol to customers in a restaurant or bar setting) for the following facilities. If it is a facility/location other than what is listed below or inside Douglasville, please contact the City of Douglasville at 770-920-3010 for a server permit:
    • Acere Cigar, Thornton Road, Lithia Springs
    • American Veterans  (AMVETS) Post 118, Veterans Memorial Highway, Lithia Springs
    • Applebee’s Restaurant 33, Thornton Road, Lithia Springs
    • Burke’s Grille, Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville
    • Casa Jalisco, Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville
    • Foxhall Resort, Capps Ferry Road, Douglasville
    • Hilton Garden Inn, Thornton Road, Lithia Springs
    • Marlene’s, Emery Circle, Austell
    • Mr. PJ’s Buffalo Wings, Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville
    • The Olive Tree, Thornton Road, Lithia Springs
  • Passenger Carrying Vehicle Identification Badges

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 State Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service regulations. The Occupational Tax Department will strive to uphold the laws and regulations for our community and the public.

New Business Listings

View reports listing new businesses on a per month basis in the Archive Center

H.R. 748 House Bill

Please see House Bill H. R. 748 (PDF) (to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage).

Notice

Douglas County is extending the deadline for Occupational Tax Penalties until we are open to the public or delinquent notices are generated. For those businesses and home occupations that have not paid already, you must mail in the payment(s) and include a check or money order. The requirement for a notary is being waived.