Occupation Tax Certificates/Business Licenses
Applying for a New Business LicenseAn Occupation Tax Certificate or "business license" is required for all businesses operating within the city limits of Roswell. An Occupation Tax Certificate is required per location of your business.
Renewing a Business LicenseBusinesses located in Roswell are required to maintain a valid Occupation Tax Certificate. Often referred to as a "business license", the certificate is valid for a calendar year and must be renewed annually.
All business licenses expire on December 31 of each calendar year. As a courtesy, the City offers a 90-day grace period for renewals. Failure to renew a business license prior to March 31 will result in a 10% penalty.
Change of Information or StatusChanges regarding a business must be submitted to keep the business license updated. If information about your business such as the physical or mailing address or business name has changed address or the business has been closed or sold, please submit the required forms.
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Contacting Our Staff
Also, please look over the FAQs, section for additional assistance.
If you still need assistance, please contact the Business Registration Division at 770-594-6235 or email email@example.com and include the Business Account ID in the subject line.
Other Helpful Phone Numbers
- Roswell Business Registration: 770-594-6235
- Alpharetta Business License: 678-297-6086
- Atlanta Business License: 404-330-6270
- Better Business Bureau (Metro): 404-688-4910
- Chamber of Commerce of North Fulton: 770-993-9980
- Clayton County Business License: 770-477-3569
- Clerk of Superior Court (North Annex): 770-698-5755
- Clerk of Superior Court (136 Pryor St.): 404-730-5374
- Cobb County Business License: 770-528-8412
- Decatur Business License: 404-377-9911
- Dekalb County Business License: 404-371-2461
- Dept. of Agriculture: 404-656-3685
- Dept. of Agriculture (Live Plant License): 404-656-9378
- Dept. of Revenue: 404-417-4490
- Fairburn Business License: 770-964-2244
- Federal Tax Identification Number (FEIN): 1-800-215-4591
- Fulton County Animal Control: 404-794-0358
- Fulton County Business License: 404-730-7720
- Fulton County Code Enforcement: 404-730-8355
- Gwinnett County Business License: 678-377-4100
- Hall County Business License: 770-531-6809
- John Creek Customer Service: 678-242-2500
- Kennesaw Business License: 770-424-8474
- Lawrenceville Business License: 770-963-2414
- Marietta Business License: 770-974-5518
- Milton Customer Service: 678-242-2500
- Mountain Park Business License: 770-993-4231
- North Annex Business License: 770-551-7616
- North Fulton Annex: 770-551-7620
- North Fulton County Environmental Health Service: 404-332-1801
- Sandy Springs Business License: 770-730-5600
- Secretary of State (State Certification/Corp. Division): 404-656-2817
- State Daycare: 404-657-5562
- State Tax Identification Number: 404-417-4490
Business Registration Forms & Applications
How do I close out my business account with the City of Roswell?You are required to submit the Final Business Closure Form to the Business Registration Division, if you have closed or sold your business.
Do I need to include a list of all professional practitioners that work at my location?Yes. Please provide an attached list to your renewal and the fee of $400 per practitioner who work in your location.
What are "professional licensed businesses" and can I pay the flat fee of $400?Only practitioners listed in O.C.G.A 48-13-9(C) can pay the flat fee, which includes but are not limited to: lawyers, physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, psychologists, veterinarians, landscape architects, land surveyors, practitioners of physiotherapy, public accountants, embalmers, funeral directors, engineers, architects, marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, dealers of motor vehicles, etc.
Practitioners have the option to either pay the gross receipt assessment, with a $50,000 exemption or pay a flat fee of $400 per practitioner.
Professional Licensed businesses are regulated by the Georgia Secretary of State. A Georgia state license copy must be attached to the application for processing. Please visit http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing for more information on how to obtain a Georgia Professional State License.
Is my company required to have an E-Verify number?If your company has 11 or more W-2 employees who work 35 hours or more per week and withhold payroll taxes, your company is required to have an e-verify number. To obtain an e-verify number, please go to www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
Please note: If you have 11 or more employees, your Occupational Business Certificate will not be issued until the city receives your E-Verify number. Your E-Verify number is 4 to 6 digits in length and must be numerical only with no alpha characters.
What is my NAICS code?The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
The City or Roswell will determine the correct NAICS code for all businesses. Please contact the Business Registration Division at 770-594-6235 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
What is the current Schedule of Rates?The City of Roswell business occupation tax is based on the total gross receipts of the business in combination with the most current profitability ratios, NAICS Code, administrative and regulatory fees. The current schedule of rates is available below:
How is my business occupation tax calculated?The City of Roswell business occupation tax is based on the total gross receipts of the business in combination with the most current profitability ratios, NAICS Code, administrative and regulatory fees. The current schedule of rates is available below:
What is Gross Receipts Tax?Gross receipts are the total amount a business received from all sources during its annual accounting period, without subtracting any costs or expenses. Business types are categorized by NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes as define below. This code is assigned a profitability index which corresponds with a specific tax rate. The tax rate applied to gross receipts will determine the tax assessment. The current schedule of rates is available below:
Is my City of Roswell Occupation Tax Certificate transferable from one location in Roswell to another?No. If your Roswell business relocates within the City of Roswell limits, you must first notify the City of Roswell Business Registration Division of this change.
You will be required to complete a Change of Information Form (at no additional charge) in order for the Fire Department and Panning & Zoning Division to review the new location and complete any necessary inspections.
Are there any uses that are specifically prohibited as a home occupation?The following uses are specifically prohibited as home occupations (list not all inclusive): auto sales or auto repair, restaurants; animal hospitals, veterinary clinics, kennels, or the keeping of animals; funeral homes; retail or wholesale shops; machine shops; personal service establishments; special event facilities; or lodging services. Other restrictions can be confirmed with the Planning and Zoning Division.
When is the deadline for Occupational Tax Certificate renewals?Renewal applications and payments are due by December 31st of the current year. If payment is not received by March 31st, a late penalty of 10% will apply.
Renewal notifications are generally mailed out the second week in October of each year. Failure to receive a renewal notification does not relieve the business ownership of responsibility to renew the Occupation Tax Certificate.
If you do not receive a renewal notification, please contact the Business Registration Department at 770-594-6235 or email@example.com.
What are my payment options?
- Online Payment
Pay online at www.roswellgov.com/OccupationTaxPayment
There is a 3% surcharge for all online credit and debit card payments and a flat $1.50 fee for all eCheck payments.
- In Person
At City Hall (38 Hill St, Suite G-30, Roswell, GA 30075)
- By Mail
Checks and Money Orders may be mailed to:
City of Roswell
Attn: Business Registration
38 Hill Street, Suite G-30
Roswell, GA 30075
- By Phone
Call 770-641-3799 to pay with a Credit or Debit Card.
- Online Payment