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A license is required to operate a business within Atlanta city limits. A business license is a legal document that allows you to start a business, maintain your business, or close your business. Permits are a step beyond a business license, and they are required for some business types, but not all of them.

Business licenses

Applying for a business license: start here to apply for a business license in the city of Atlanta

Renewing your business license: all business licenses expire on December 31, regardless of when in the year you received it
   - Online business license renewal portal
   - Forgot your PIN for renewals?

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Find a registered business: use this wizard to find a business registered through the City

Closing a business: whether you're closing your business entirely or transferring ownership to another party, the process is the same. Click here to close your current business license and file your final tax return.

Professional licenses: some professions and trades require a license from the city in addition to the Georgia state license. Some of those professions include medicine, cosmetology, and athletic training, among others







Estimate your business tax: different businesses fall under different tax classes. Click here to determine which tax class your business falls under

Property taxes: commercial property taxes are handled by the Fulton County Tax Commissioner, using the same process to handle residential and commercial property taxes


Regulatory permits: a list of permits obtained through agencies such as the Atlanta Police Department, Parks & Recreation, Dept. of Agriculture, etc. Some examples include plumbing, taxi services, and selling tobacco, among others

License & Permit Unit: investigates the applicants for a wide variety of licenses, most notably, liquor licenses

Applying for an alcohol license: regulates the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises via the issuance of an alcohol license

Renewing your alcohol license

Applying for an adult entertainment permit: regulates adult entertainment to ensure that applicants fulfill the age requirement and have not had any prior convictions, in addition to other aspects of the Atlanta Municipal Code

Applying for a private vending permit: regulates vending on private property and flea markets to ensure that everyone follows the city ordinance and codes

Apply Online for an Outdoor Event Permit

Last updated: 12/9/2016 8:01:16 AM