FAQ 3. Does my business need a license to operate legally?

In the State of Georgia, a business license is a requirement of most businesses, although professionals may be licensed by a professional association instead, in which case they would pay an occupational tax in lieu of business licensure. Generally speaking, the county in which your principal office is located will be the entity responsible for regulating your business. And that regulation may involve everything from limitations on what you can sell, where you can sell it, or what steps you must take prior to conducting your business to ensure the safety of your employees and customers.

Prior to engaging in your business, you should consult with the applicable county business licensure department to learn everything you can about its regulatory compliance and licensure requirements and costs. Failure to do so may be a costly error.

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