Business License / Occupational Tax

Occupational Tax Certificates for New Businesses

All applicants for any public benefit (i.e. permit, certificate and/or license) given by the City of Jonesboro will be required by State law to submit a SAVE Affidavit and secure and verifiable document; non-U.S. Citizens must submit acceptable immigration documentation which will be used to verify lawful presence in the United States via U.S.C.I.S. (O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1 & 2)

An E-Verify Affidavit will also be required for each business receiving an occupation tax certificate / business license / permit. (O.C.G.A. § 36-60-6)

Occupational Tax Certificates are issued within 7-10 working days of submitting the following required documentation: ◦Occupational Tax Certificate Application Packet: ◦Application. A zoning certification application must be acquired and approved before an Occupational Tax Certificate can be applied for.

  • S.A.V.E. Affidavit- NOTARIZED
  • E-Verify Affidavit – For all businesses – NOTARIZED
  • Clayton County Fire Inspection Report for Certificate of Occupancy
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Business Contact Information Form
  • Home Office Compliance Acknowledgement
  • Copy of valid secure and verifiable document, e.g...driver's license - can be mailed or emailed to the City Clerk or submitted in person. See the "Occupational Tax FAQ" document below for a list of acceptable secure and verifiable documents
  • Applicable license fee, payable by cash or check.
  • Certified Fire Inspection for Certificate of Occupancy (770) 603-4040
  • Required licensing and documentation as determined by the State of Georgia, such as licenses, permits, etc.
  • Copy of required business registration from the Georgia Secretary of State 404-656-2817 (Required by State Law O.C.G.A. § 10-1-490)
  • NAICS Number (North American Industry Classification System)
  • All documents must be signed by the same, qualified applicant
  • Please review for Additional Information: Occupational Tax FAQ

Current Fee Schedule

Administrative Fee flat fee $75.00
Class 1 per $1,000 of gross receipts $0.75
Class 2 per $1,000 of gross receipts $0.93
Class 3 per $1,000 of gross receipts $1.20
Class 4 per $1,000 of gross receipts $1.50
Class 5 per $1,000 of gross receipts $1.85
Class 6 per $1,000 of gross receipts $2.35
Attorney (choose flat fee or gross receipts) flat fee $200.00
Other Professionals (choose flat fee or gross receipts) flat fee $400.00
Home Occupation per $1,000 of gross receipts 1.05

Attorney (choose flat fee or gross receipts): (flat fee) $200.00 or (gross receipts) $1.50
Other Professionals (choose flat fee or gross receipts): (flat fee) $400.00
As described by Georgia State Law §48-13-9 (c): (gross receipts) $1.50
Non-Profits: (flat fee) $75.00
Disabled Veteran: Fee Not Applicable

To meet the increased costs associated with new State & Federal reporting requirements, a $75 non-refundable administration fee is assessed for each Occupational Tax application submitted. Please include this fee with your Occupational Tax fee payment. 

Quick Links to Other Informative Websites:

North American Industry Classification System Search
Georgia Department of Revenue
Secretary of State's Office
Business, Labor and Employment in Georgia
Internal Revenue Service
Georgia's Guide to Business
Georgia Tax Center