Occupational Tax Certificates

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***IMPORTANT UPDATE for 2021 OCCUPATION TAX Renewals***

In the City of Chamblee COVID-19 Statement posted on January 8, 2021, the city offices are currently closed to the public until further notice.  City staff have implemented teleworking procedures to minimize the number of staff in the office.  In cases where staff need to be in city facilities, alternative schedules and flexible hours have been implemented to minimize contact and exposure.  In additions, staff who operate in the field are required to limit interactions and practice social distancing.

  • Occupation Tax Licensing: The city is working with a new company, HdL, to process Occupation Tax Licensing which will provide better online renewal options to businesses. The implementation will finish in mid-February. If you do not have a business need for renewing your Occupation Tax, please wait until then to do so. However, if you need to renew, questions may be sent to TaxLicensing@chambleega.gov with "Renewal Paperwork Needed" in the subject line. Include in the body of the email, the business name, address and license number with the business necessity for renewing before implementation is complete.  
  • More information regarding timelines for the paperwork will be forthcoming.  Please check this page for further updates. 

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All commercial and residential businesses located within the City of Chamblee must apply for an annual occupational tax certificate. The fee for this license is based upon gross receipts, number of employees, and a flat tax.

Resolution - Schedule B - Occupational Tax Fees
Resolution - Business Profitability Classifications for Occupational Tax
Ordinance 674 - Business Classifications for Determining Tax Levy

2019 Renewal information can be found at the bottom of this page.  
NOTE: Pre-filled renewals for existing businesses were mailed on Friday, January 25, 2019.  On-line renewals still require documents to be emailed.  See below for more information.  

How to Apply



Fill out a Commercial Business Occupation Application and gather required forms. Applications submitted by mail should be sent to:

City of Chamblee
Occupational Tax Office
5468 Peachtree Road
Chamblee, Georgia 30341


Required Documentation


Document Description
Full Commercial Business Occupational Tax Application (All forms) Application with all forms
Business Profitability Class Schedule
Rates are as follows:
Class 1 = .00018 Class 4 = .00054
Class 2 = .00030 Class 5 = .00062
Class 3 = .00042 Class 6 = .00078
Based off of your industry use NAICS Code
E-Verify Affidavit Fill out for your employees
Fire Inspection
S.A.V.E. Affidavit
Professional Licensing Boards Provide copy of License from Secretary of State
List of Secure and Verifiable Documents
Provided by the GA Attorney General
Zoning Verification Request Form

*Employers with 11 or more employees (or full-time equivalent), as required by O.C.G.A. §36-60-6(d), must register for a Federal Work Authorization User Identification Number at http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. This number is between 4-6 digits with no letters.


Home Businesses Requirements





Additional Required Information


Additional information may be required depending on business type:
  • First page of the Certificate of Incorporation
  • FOG (Fats, Oils, Greases) Compliance Inspection from DeKalb County Department of Watershed
  • Heath Inspection Report with Grade
  • Professional State License
  • Massage Regulatory Permit and Massage Work Permit
    • Massage Therapy Ordinance

Other Required Documentation by Business Type


Other regulated businesses need the following documentation (not a complete list):
  • Architect / Interior Designer (1)
  • Attorney (1)
  • Automotive Sales (Used Cars) (1)
  • Bakery (2)
  • Barber Shop (1)
  • Beauty Salon (1)
  • Butcher / Meat Market (2)
  • Catering (7)
  • Check Cashing (5)
  • Child Care (3 & 7)
  • Chiropractor (1)
  • Circus / Carnival (7, 8 & 14)
  • Commissary / Community Kitchen (6 & 7)
  • Contractor (Building/Trade) (1)
  • Convenience Store / Pre-Packaged Foods (2)
  • Cottage Food Industry (2)
  • Doctor / Dentist (1)
  • Engineer / Land Surveyor (1)
  • Firearms Dealer / Shop (9 & 13)
  • Food Manufacturing (Retail / Wholesale) (2)
  • Food Truck (7 & 8 if w/grill)
  • Grocery (2)
  • Hotel/Motel (7 & 8)
  • Limousine/Chauffeur Service (12 & 13)
  • Insurance Agent (1)
  • Massage Therapist (1)
  • Money/Wire Transfers (5)
  • Non-Profit Business Organization (10)
  • Nursery/Plant Sales (2)
  • Pawn Broker (13)
  • Pest Control Services (2)
  • Personal Care Home (4 & 7)
  • Pet Store/Animal Dealer/Kennel (2)
  • Precious Metal & Gem Dealer (13)
  • Produce Store (2)
  • Psychologist/Social Worker (1)
  • Real Estate Agent (1)
  • Restaurant/Take Out Food (6 & 7)
  • Seafood (Retail/Wholesale) (2)
  • Security Guard / Alarm System (1 & 13)
  • Tattoos / Piercings / Body Crafting (7)
  • Taxi / Vehicle for Hire (12 & 13)
Note: This should not be construed as a complete list of business types requiring additional documentation. ALL new or relocated businesses require Zoning Approval and a DeKalb County Fire Marshal inspection.

1. State of Georgia Professional License **
2. GA Dept. of Agriculture License / Inspection
3. GA Dept. of Early Care & Learning
4. GA Dept. of Community Health
5. GA Dept. Banking & Finance Certificate
6. DeKalb Watershed FOG Permit / Inspection
7. DeKalb Board of Health License / Inspection
8. DeKalb County Fire Marshal Approval
9. Federal Firearms License
10. IRS 501 Tax Exempt Letter
11. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Approval
12. Proof of Insurance / Driver's License
13. Police Clearance / Permit
14. Chamblee Special Event Permit
** See requirements from GA Secretary of State or other Professional Licensing Divisions / Boards.

Renewals

2021 Renewal update:

  • Occupation Tax Licensing: The city is working with a new company, HdL, to process Occupation Tax Licensing which will provide better online renewal options to businesses. The implementation will finish in mid-February. If you do not have a business need for renewing your Occupation Tax, please wait until then to do so. However, if you need to renew, questions may be sent to TaxLicensing@chambleega.gov with "Renewal Paperwork Needed" in the subject line. Include in the body of the email, the business name, address and license number with the business necessity for renewing before implementation is complete.  
  • More information regarding timelines for the paperwork will be forthcoming.  Please check this page for further updates. 
Check back here for updates when renewals are mailed/emailed. 


• E-Verify Affidavit Information: As of July 1, 2013, according to O.C.G.A. § 30-60-6(d), businesses with 11 or more employees (or full-time equivalents) must obtain a Federal Work Authorization user Identification Number at www.dhs.gov/e-verify. The number is between 4-8 digits with no letters.
List of Secure and Verifiable Documents for the S.A.V.E. Affidavit