Last updated May 30, 2020
Business Licenses & Permits
How to form an LLC in Georgia
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Georgia.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 licenses, permits, and tax registrations required for your Georgia LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.
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.