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Business Registration: Applying for a New Business License

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Business Registration
Phone: 770-594-6235
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Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

38 Hill Street
Suite G-30
Roswell, GA 30075
Welcome to the City of Roswell and thank you for choosing Roswell as the location for your business. Please feel free to visit or contact us for assistance in completing your application. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be glad to assist you with all questions. We look forward to meeting you!

All new applications must be presented in person with proper identification.

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Commercial Business Registration
The use of commercial property for business purposes requires a business license (Occupation Tax Certificate) in the City of Roswell. Commercial businesses are subject to Article 9 Use Provisions for the Unified Development Code. The commercial property must be in the city limits in order to obtain a business license. The City of Roswell, do not license P.O. Boxes.

Use the following checklist:

  • Step 1: Before Signing a Lease
    Before signing a lease we recommend that you make sure your business location is in the proper zoning district for the type of business. Please contact the Planning & Zoning Division with your business address and business activity for use and location verification at planning&zoning@roswellgov.com or call 770-817-6720. This will help reduce application denial due to improper zoning.

  • Step 2: Complete/Submit Your Application
    Download and complete a New Commercial Business License Application Packet (includes application and required affidavits) and provide a copy of government-issued ID. You must submit all required forms and documentation, $100 non-refundable application fee and a $50 non-refundable regulatory fee. In addition, please see the Schedule of Rates for required gross receipt taxation fees.

  • Step 3: Processing
    Application and supporting documents will be routed in-house for review by the Planning & Zoning, Fire, and Building Departments. Some business activity may require site inspections or further research to determine approval. Review process can range from 5 to 7 business days or more depending on the business activity.

  • Step 4: Payment
    Applicant must remit full payment and all required documents prior to the issuance of a certificate. An official Occupation Tax Certificate will be mailed. The Occupation Tax Certificate must be displayed in a conspicuous place at the business location.

Required for all new applicants:

  • New Commercial Business License Application Packet
  • Color Copy of applicant's identification
    • Either a valid/current Passport, Driver's License or Military ID, front & back

  • Payment for the required fee amount – See Schedule of Rates
    • All major credit cards are accepted
    • Checks made payable to City of Roswell
    • Walk-ins allowed to pay with all forms of payment
    • Available 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.

      • Please note: In-person and phone credit card payments do not have a 3% surcharge.

Optional - depending on business type (contact business registration division if assistance is needed):

  • Copy of the first page of the Certificate of Incorporation
    • Only needed if business is a Corporation or LLC

  • Copy of Professional State License
    • Only if applicable: Attorney's, Physicians, CPA's, Engineering, Architects, Surveyors, Cosmetology, etc.

  • Copy of Fulton County Health Inspection report with the grade
    • Restaurants and Bakeries

  • Copy of Grease Trap Approval (Fats, Oils, Greases) from Fulton County Public Works Department Pretreatment Division
    • Restaurants Only



Home-Based Business Registration
The use of residential property for business purposes also requires a business license (Occupation Tax Certificate) in the City of Roswell. Home-based businesses are subject to Article 9.7.11 of the Unified Development Code. The residential property must be in the city limits in order to obtain a business license. The City of Roswell, do not license P.O. Boxes.

Use the following checklist:

  • Step 1: Before Applying
    Before applying we recommend that you make sure your business location is in the City Limits of Roswell. Please contact the Planning & Zoning Division with your business address and business activity for use and location verification at planning&zoning@roswellgov.com or call 770-817-6720. This will help reduce application denial due to improper zoning.

  • Step 2: Complete/Submit Your Application
    Complete a New Home Business License Application Packet (includes application and required affidavits) and provide a copy of government-issued ID. You must submit all required forms and documentation, $100 non-refundable fee. In addition, please see the Schedule of Rates for required gross receipt taxation fees.

  • Step 3: Step 3: Payment
    Applicant must remit full payment and all required documents prior to the issuance of a certificate. An official Occupation Tax Certificate can be issued on the same day of application and will be mailed. The Occupation Tax Certificate must be displayed in a conspicuous place at the business location.

Required for all new applicants:

  • New Home Business License Application Packet
  • Color Copy of applicant's identification
    • Either a valid/current Passport, Driver's License or Military ID, front & back

  • Payment for the required fee amount – See Schedule of Rates
    • All major credit cards are accepted
    • Checks made payable to City of Roswell
    • Walk-ins allowed to pay with all forms of payment
    • Available 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.

      • Please note: In-person and phone credit card payments do not have a 3% surcharge.


Contacting Our Staff
Our staff would be happy to assist you. Before contacting us, please be sure to have your Business Account ID or the business address readily available. This will ensure fast and efficient assistance.

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 businessregistration@roswellgov.com and include the Business Account ID in the subject line.

Business Registration Forms & Applications

FAQs

  • How do I close out my business account with the City of Roswell?
  • Do I need to include a list of all professional practitioners that work at my location?
  • What are "professional licensed businesses" and can I pay the flat fee of $400?
  • Is my company required to have an E-Verify number?
  • What is my NAICS code?
  • What is the current Schedule of Rates?
  • How is my business occupation tax calculated?
  • What is Gross Receipts Tax?
  • Is my City of Roswell Occupation Tax Certificate transferable from one location in Roswell to another?
  • Are there any uses that are specifically prohibited as a home occupation?
  • When is the deadline for Occupational Tax Certificate renewals?
  • What are my payment options?
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