Contact Business License Department

Derek Cox
2529 J O Stephenson Ave
Kennesaw, GA 30144


Business License

license-application (1)The Business License Department is responsible for the collection of Business License Fees, Occupational Taxes, and Alcohol Taxes including Liquor by the Drink and Alcoholic Beverage Excise Taxes, Hotel/Motel Occupancy Taxes and Financial Institution Taxes.

The Department is also responsible for issuing privileged licensing including Alcohol, Massage Therapy, Bail Bonds Pawnbrokers, Precious Metals, Taxi Cabs/Vehicle for Hire and Temporary Use Licenses.

Before completing a business license application, please contact our office to verify that your business address is in the city limits of Kennesaw.

Fingerprinting: $25 cash 9 am – 3 pm M, W-F; Tue 9 am – noon.  Check in at the Police Lobby; a staff officer will be notified and escort the applicant to the Print Room, and the back to the lobby.

License & Registration Requirements

Read more information regarding general license and registration requirements.

Business License Documents

You can access the documents associated with the business license process in the Applications, Forms & Permits section of the Document Center.

Please notify this office if you have a change of address, ownership, firm name or business reclassification.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Business License

How long does it take to obtain a license?

Processing takes a minimum 24 hours.

Do I need a business license?

Yes, if you are operating a business in the city limits, and/or generate any revenue.

What is the cost of a business license?

Occupation taxes are determined by gross receipts, class of business according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, plus a $55.00 administrative fee. The minimum fee is $80.00.

Certain professional practitioners have the option of calculating their occupation tax in another manner. They may elect to pay a flat fee of $400 per registered professional.

What do I need to know to obtain a Business License?

  • Any type of ownership other that sole proprietorship must provide a federal tax identification number.
  • State licensed businesses must provide a copy of their State License.
  • If you are a corporation, a copy of your Certificate of Incorporation from the State is required.
  • After obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy application may be made for an Occupational Tax Certificate.
  • If business is located in a home, a statement must be signed regarding residency restrictions.
  • After approval from fire department and building inspector, a Certificate of Occupancy may be obtained from Building Services.
  • Make appointments for on-site inspections by the building inspectors and the fire department.
  • Bring a stamped copy of the floor plan to Building Services Department and pay the $25.00 permit fee. A permit number will be assigned.
  • Make an appointment with the Cobb County Fire Marshall’s Office (at 770-528-8000) to take two copies of the floor plan drawing for approval.
  • A Certificate of Occupancy from the Building Services Department must be obtained for businesses located in a commercial zoning.
  • If changes are being made, contact the Building Services Department (at 770-429-4554) for information regarding permits.
  • Check with the Zoning Department (at 770-590-8268) to make sure your business meets requirements for the location, and that no special permits are needed.