Business License in Georgia

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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. Check out Georgia Municipal Association: Member Cities for contact information.

Tax Registration
Georgia LLCs may be required to register for one (or more) tax specific identification numbers, permits, and/or licenses. You can register online through the Georgia Tax Center (GTC). Please see Georgia Department of Revenue: tax registration for more details.

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 governed by a state board, you may need to obtain a specific state license. You can find a list of boards and apply online at Georgia Secretary of State: 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.

Tip: Save time by hiring an expert. We recommend using IncFile ($99) to handle the business license research for you.

They will provide you with a comprehensive package of all 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: Georgia LLC taxes.

Matt Horwitz

Matt Horwitz
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Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
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10 comments on “Business License in Georgia”

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.

  1. 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.
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  2. Hi there!
    What is the difference GA State license vs GA business license? Do I need both for running a contractor or/and GC business in GA? can I get these license if I’m not an GA resident? Can you help me with that and how much is it? Thanks!

    • Hi Robert, yes, you can get a general contractor’s license without residing in Georgia. You likely just need this license to conduct business. We don’t offer this as a service, but if you call the city/town where you are doing business, they should be able to point you to the forms and instructions. Hope that helps.

  3. We formed an LLC to manage our own rental properties. Do we need business license in the city of Atlanta or Fulton county? We are only managing our properties.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Bel, we don’t specialize in business licenses, so you’ll need to check with the city and county regarding any general business license and/or rental license. Thank you for your understanding.

  4. Hi Matt,
    When renewing a Georgia business license, do all of the owners need to submit the proper forms each year?

    Meaning, does each owner have to upload his or her photo ID, and SAVE and Everify Notarized Affidavits each year to renew the business license? So if there were three owners, do we need to have one application but three photo IDs, and three SAVE and Everify Notarized Affidavits?

    • Hi Renee, we don’t specialize in business licenses (just LLC formation). You’ll need to contact the county, city, or town for renewal instructions. Thank you for your understanding.

  5. Hi Matt,
    I recently formed my LLC and registered a trade name. My business is online retail. To operate do I need both the GA tax registration/certificate and local county registration/business license?

    • Hello Ms. S, ​apologies for the slow reply. We got backed up. Yes, you’ll need to register at the state level and the county level.

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