How to Get a Business License in GA
You can get a business license online by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.
Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
There are three main licensing jurisdictions:
State of Georgia Business Licensing
The main state-level permit or license in Georgia is the seller’s permit.
You must obtain a seller's permit if you:
- Are engaged in business in Georgia
- Intend to sell or lease goods or services subject to sales tax.
Visit the Georgia Tax Center to obtain a seller’s permit.
Additionally, some industries and professions are required to obtain additional licenses or permits. Check with the Georgia Professional Licensing Boards Division for more information.
Local Georgia Business Licensing
In Georgia, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
Contact your local county or city government office for more information about local business licenses you may need.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Georgia
Georgia Seller’s Permit
You can obtain a Georgia seller’s permit online. You will need to register as a new business, which then allows you to register for any other required taxes.
Other Georgia Business Licenses
The processes for obtaining additional Georgia business licenses you may need vary. Contact the Georgia Professional Licensing Boards Division and your local government office for more information.
Georgia seller’s permits do not be renewed. Check with other relevant state or local government offices about renewal processes for other licenses your business has.
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.
Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
GA Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs a Georgia business license?
Any business that sells taxable goods or services needs a Georgia seller’s permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may also need additional licenses.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Georgia?
Most businesses will at least need a seller’s permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may also need additional licenses.
What is a seller’s permit?
A seller’s permit is the common name for a license or permit that allows you to sell products or services. In Georgia, a seller’s permit is a common name for the state’s sales and use tax registration.
How much does a Georgia business license cost?
There is no fee for a Georgia seller’s permit. The cost of other state and local licenses varies.
How do I get a Georgia business license?
You can obtain a Georgia seller’s permit online with the Georgia Tax Center website. The processes for getting other Georgia business licenses vary.
Do I have to renew my Georgia business license?
You do not have to renew a seller’s permit in Georgia. Check with other relevant state or local government offices about renewal processes for other licenses your business has.