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Contact: William Blood,  Business License Officer  wblood@alpharetta.ga.us  Direct Line: 678-297-6086

Office Hours  7:30am - 9:30am Monday thru Friday
                      1:30pm - 4:00pm Monday thru Thursday & 1:30pm -3:30pm Friday



All businesses operating within the City of Alpharetta must possess a current Occupational Tax Certificate (also known as a business license) upon the first day of business. Businesses found to be operating within the corporate limits of the City of Alpharetta without a current City Occupational Tax Certificate shall be subject to fines and penalties as allowed by law.

For information on obtaining a City of Alpharetta Occupational Tax Certificate, please read the information below for either Home Occupations or for All Other Businesses, based upon which category best describes your business situation. Information on annual Occupational Tax rates is provided on the application forms, for which links are provided in the text below.


To protect and preserve the character of residential neighborhoods, the City of Alpharetta has established regulations governing the operation of home-based businesses. A list of these regulations can be found on the first page of the Application for Home Occupation Certificate. If for any reason you or your business cannot operate in compliance with all of these guidelines, the business cannot be operated from your home.

It is important to note that the covenants of some neighborhoods restrict or regulate the operation of a business. The City of Alpharetta encourages those interested in operating a home business to contact their homeowners association, management company, or landlord to learn about any such restrictions that may apply.

For your convenience the Application for Home Occupation Certificate can be filled-out on your computer and printed, if you have version 6.0 or later of either Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. If you do not, please download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat for free by following the link below.


If, after reviewing the Application for Home Occupation, you have questions about obtaining your business license or operating a home-based business in the City of Alpharetta, please contact the Business License Officer by calling 678-297-6086.



If your business is located within a newly constructed commercial building and you are the first tenant in this space, please include a copy of your Certificate of Occupancy with your completed Application for Occupational Tax Certificate.

If you are not the first tenant in the space, you must schedule and successfully complete a fire and safety inspection prior to submitting your Application for Occupational Tax Certificate. Please contact the Fire Marshall by calling 678-297-6272 to schedule your fire inspection. Once this appointment is scheduled, please contact the Codes Enforcement Officer at 678-297-6086 to provide notification of your appointment and to coordinate your safety inspection.

For your convenience the Application for Occupational Tax Certificate can be filled-out on your computer and printed, if you have version 6.0 or later of either Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. If you do not, please download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat for free by following the link below.
 

If, after reviewing the Application for Occupational Tax Certificate, you have questions about obtaining your business license or operating a business in the City of Alpharetta, please contact the Business License Officer by calling 678-297-6086. 


 Renewals:
 

If you represent an existing business and wish to renew your existing City of Alpharetta business license, please visit the “Business License Renewal” page.

 

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