Before you launch your new business, you'll need to apply for a business license with your city or county. The process of starting a business is often complicated, so the Georgia Secretary of State recommends that you consult an attorney or accountant as you create your business plan.
- In some cities and counties, you'll first need to secure a state tax identification number, a trade name registration and zoning approval for your business location. Additionally, your business may also need to apply for corporate registrations, professional licenses or other special operating permits prior to application.
- To find out more about business licensing in your area, you can visit your local Chamber of Commerce or development authority. Find the chamber or authority closest to you.
- Visit the First Stop Business Information Center to learn more about starting a business and registering its trade name, fictitious name or Doing Business As (DBA) title.
You'll renew every year, generally by February. If you fail to submit your renewal on time, your city or county may assess a penalty.
Yes, you must register each location and pay the fees for both.
Sources: Secretary of State & Georgia Chamber of Commerce. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.