Georgia Business Licenses and Permits

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Georgia LLC – Business License and Permit Requirements

How to form an LLC in Georgia
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Georgia.

Detailed Lessons:

 

Georgia LLC Costs:
Georgia state fee: $100
Annual registration fee: $50 per year

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After your Georgia LLC is approved, you’ll need to comply with state and local government (county and/or city) license and permit requirements.

Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.

Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being able to conduct business in Georgia.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in Georgia

Below are some license and permits examples:

  • Business licenses/tax permits
  • Building permit
  • Health permit
  • Occupational permit
  • Signage permit
  • Alarm permit
  • Zoning permit
  • Alcohol & tobacco permit
  • Liquor license
  • Sales and use tax permit
  • Seller/reseller permit

You may also need to get licenses and permits in the county and/or city where your business is located.

Do it yourself in Georgia

Business License
Georgia does not issue business licenses at the state-level, but you may need to obtain a business license from the county (or city) where your business is located.

You’ll need to contact your county and/or city to determine your licensing requirements:
http://georgia.gov/municipality-list

Tax Registration
Georgia LLCs may be required to register for one (or more) tax specific identification number, permits, and/or licenses. You can register online through the Georgia Tax Center (GTC):
https://dor.georgia.gov/tax-registration or https://gtc.dor.ga.gov/_/

Additional Resources
The First Stop Business Guide booklet also provides contact information for a number of state agencies that have various licensing and registration requirements.

Professional & Occupational Licenses

If your professional is overseen by a state board, you may to obtain a specific state license. You can find a list of boards and apply online here: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing

Note: Our Georgia LLC course does not cover forming Professional LLCs.

Our Recommendation

There are nearly 20,000 licensing and permit jurisdictions in the United States and each has its own rules and regulations.

If you want to save time, we recommend hiring a professional service company (like IncFile) to do the research and prepare your applications.

They will provide you with a comprehensive package of all the licenses, permits and tax registrations required for your Georgia LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.

Next Step

After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits for your Georgia LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Taxes.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Forming an LLC shouldn't be so complicated. Our step-by-step guide will make the process a breeze – and no complex legal jargon! LLC University® teaches people how to form an LLC for free in all 50 states. We hope you find our free guides and resources helpful in your business journey.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

2 Comments

  1. Deanna August 3, 2017

    I was doing some research to help a client with licensing and permits information and came across your site. It has tons of great information and links. I also see our link. We appreciate the plug and I will be sure to share your site for our clients needs as well.
    Thank you!

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    • Matt Horwitz August 4, 2017

      Thanks Deanna!

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