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.
What You Should Know:
- 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.
- 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.
Do I have to register each year?
I want to open a second location for my business. Do I have to pay a registration fee for each location?
It depends. Most likely, yes, you may have to register each location and pay the fees for both. However, the Corporations Division strongly recommends you obtain professional legal, tax, and business advice in order to make sure all requirements of the law are met (both before and after you open a second location).
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.