Business License & Occupation Tax Info

You may visit the Business License Office at Tifton City Hall located at 130 1st St. E., 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

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

Business and Alcohol Forms