Business License & Occupation Tax Info

You may visit the Business License Office at Tifton City Hall
located at 204 N. Ridge Avenue, Tifton, Georgia to obtain information
and/or complete required forms necessary for obtaining an occupational
license.

You may also renew your Business License online by clicking here.

For additional information that you may need, directions to the
office, or assistance in completing your application, please contact
Rona Martin, City Clerk, at (229) 391-3940 or by e-mail at cityclerk@tifton.net.

Business owners who operate retail or service type businesses in the
City of Tifton are required to pay occupation tax based on the
classification of business and estimated annual gross receipts.
Professionals may pay a flat fee of $400.00 (per professional) per year
or they may elect to pay based on annual gross receipts.  This tax is
pro-rated for those businesses opening on or after July 1st
of each year based on anticipated gross receipts. A pro-ration is not
allowed for those businesses paying a flat fee. The occupation tax is
due and payable on or before January 1st of each year. Those businesses
renewing on or after March 1st will be required to pay
penalties and interest as required depending on the date the actual
renewal takes place.  Renewal notices are mailed in November of the
preceding year.

A Regulatory Permit is required of those businesses based in other
communities that enter the City of Tifton to conduct business or provide
services on a temporary basis such as contractors, etc. A copy of your
current occupational license and any state licenses are required as part
of the application.

A transient merchants permit is required to conduct door to door
sales or from parking lots or vacant lots with permission of the
property owner in addition to other requirements required by The City of
Tifton Code.

The Building & Zoning Division must check the zoning of the
property to be sure your type of business can be operated at the
location you have chosen.  You may contact them at (229) 391-3950 or go
by the office located at 130 E. 5th Street.

Hotels, motels and bed & breakfast establishments are required
to pay excise tax at the rate of 5% of the monthly rent which is
collected from the occupants.  This tax is due to the City of Tifton on
or before the 20th of the month for the preceding month.

To sale beer, wine or distilled spirits, a separate license is
required and must be applied for with the City of Tifton through the
City Clerk’s Office in accordance with Section 6 of the City of Tifton
Code.

Food sales establishments, excluding restaurants, should contact the
Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture for license per
Section 26-2-25 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and can be
reached at (229) 430-4245 for information. A no-cost permit must be
obtained from the City of Tifton after approval from the Georgia
Department of Agriculture.

Restaurants or caterers are required to obtain a Food Service Permit from the local health department located at 305 E. 12th St., phone (229) 386-8373.

All restaurants selling distilled spirits are required to pay excise
tax at the rate of 3% of monthly sales and this report is due by the 20th of the following month.

To obtain a federal tax number or sales tax number and to register
your business name, contact the State of Georgia Sales Tax Division by
phone at (404) 417-4490 or online at www.dor.ga.gov/ctr/formsrcg.shtml.


Business and Alcohol Forms