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Cobb County Business License Guide

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Kristin Vegh

Kristin Vegh

10 November 2022

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There’s plenty to love about Cobb County Georgia. Located just a few miles outside Atlanta, the county is made up of six cities and boasts a wide array of natural and manmade attractions. More importantly, it has experienced a high rate of growth in recent years. Between 2010 and 2021, the county saw an 11.4% increase in population.*

Now one of the most populated counties in Georgia, Cobb County could be a great place to start a small business. So how do you get started? Getting set up with a business license is a great way to get your small business on track. Let’s dive deeper into the Cobb County business licensing process.

Cobb County Business License Requirements

So what exactly is a business license? Also known as an occupation tax certificate, a business license is a government-issued document. It serves as evidence that a sole proprietor or business has paid their required occupation tax in accordance with their local guidelines.

Any person or company that’s engaged in business — essentially, performing an occupation or trade for profit — is required to obtain a business license for each location where they operate in Cobb County. This includes Form 1099 independent contractors.

The business license requirements in Cobb County are as follows:

  1. You must be operating a business within the county.
  2. You must complete and submit the application packet for your business type found here.
  3. Obtain the required application fee. Directions on how to contact the county for this amount can be found here.
  4. Provide an official government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. If you have immigration documents, those should be provided as well.

You also may be asked to provide a copy of the Georgia Secretary of State Certificate for Corporation or LLC and any state license, if applicable.

Cobb County Business License Application

Let’s dive into what the business license application entails. Here’s the rundown of what the Cobb County application package must include:

A completed business license application form. It must be signed by the business owner or a W-2 employee of the company.

A notarized Private Employer Affidavit, regardless of whether or not your business has employees. This must be signed by the same person who signed the application form.

  • Important: If the business has at least 11 employees, they will need to use E-Verify and provide their Federal Work Authorization User Identification Number on the affidavit. More information on E-Verify can be found here.

A notarized HB 87 citizenship affidavit. This is required by the Georgia Immigration Reform Act, and also must be signed by the signatory of the application form and previous affidavit.

A Cobb County Certificate of Occupancy. This certificate is evidence that building and fire codes are being met for the business’s location.

A secure, verifiable identifying document such as a driver’s license or passport.

For those who are not U.S. citizens, a Green Card (Form I-551) or Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) must be provided.

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Cobb County Business License Cost

So you’ve gathered all the required forms and documents for the Cobb County business license application. What now?

Before you can officially submit your application, you need to determine what you need to pay. Your fee will be determined by the Cobb County Business License Division. Email a copy of your application package to them, and they will calculate your business license fee. Their contact information can be found here.

Once your fee has been determined, submit the fee, along with your business license application by mail or in person.

Cobb County Business License Renewal

For those who have an existing Cobb County business license, it’s important that the license be kept up to date. All business licenses need to be renewed by December 31st of each calendar year.

You should receive a renewal notice from the county by mail as a reminder. Requirements for renewal are typically the same as the application requirements. Your business license fee will depend on the gross receipts for your business from the previous year. To prove your total gross receipts, you should be prepared to submit financial documentation. This could include:

  • Georgia Sales Tax Returns
  • Your most recently filed IRS Income Tax Return
  • Profit and loss statements for the previous year
  • Sales reports
  • An affidavit from an accountant stating the gross receipts for the previous year

Your renewal package, fees, and any supporting documentation should be mailed or presented in person to the Cobb County Business License Division.

Cobb County business license renewal online

Online business license renewals are available only under certain conditions. The first has to do with the status of your existing business license. Online payments are available only if your business license is current. Accounts with overdue payments or missing documents from the previous year will not be eligible for online renewal.

Online renewals are not accepted for businesses with subcontractor deductions.

In order to proceed with an online renewal, you must have the PIN included in your renewal notice. If you didn’t receive a notice or don’t have a PIN, contact the Cobb County Business License Division for assistance.

The online renewal portal can be found here. Online payments are available using only either Visa or Mastercard.

Your online business license renewal package should contain the same forms, affidavits, and other documentation as a paper renewal or application.

Cobb County New Business Listings

Looking for new business listings for Cobb County? You’re in luck. Cobb County provides weekly updated new business listings. Those listings can be found here. Once you’ve gotten your Cobb County business license, you will appear in the new business listings.

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Kristin Vegh

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Kristin Vegh

After several years of working in insurance while also freelance writing, I've finally found where the two interests intersect. I'm a writer with Simply Business with an insurance processing background and a love of research.

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