Occupational Tax Certificates

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In the City of Chamblee COVID-19 Statement posted on March 12, 2020, "Walk-In visitors to city offices are discouraged to limit the opportunity for large groups to congregate."  At the April City Council meeting, the city council extended the 2020 Occupation Tax Renewal deadline.  Occupation Tax Renewals are now due July 15, 2020 and penalties and interest will begin on July 16, 2020. Renewals need to be received at city hall or before 5 pm on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  Incomplete forms will be returned and may be subject to penalties and interest.

If you have not received copies of your renewal paperwork, please email your business name, address and license number to TaxLicensing@chambleega.gov with "Renewal Paperwork Needed" in the subject line.  

There are two ways to renew your 2020 Occupation Tax without coming to city hall:

1) Mail your renewal paperwork to City of Chamblee, ATTN: Occupation Tax Renewal, 5468 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA  30341. Payment can be made by check (personal or business) or by US Money Order.  
2) Process your renewal online.  This is a three step process:
  1. Associate an email address with the business.
  2. Email forms to TaxLicensing@chambleega.gov with the License number in the subject line.  Then enter your gross receipts and number of employees into the online portal.  Once your paperwork is reviewed you will receive an email to process your payment.
  3. Make the payment online. Payment online can be made with VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.
Instructions for online payment.  


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.


2020 Pre-filled renewal forms for existing businesses will be mailed January 27, 2020 if not earlier.  Check back here for updates when renewals are mailed. 

Occupational tax certificates must be renewed annually and renewal notices will be mailed to existing business owners in the first 45 days of each calendar year.

2019 Occupational Tax Renewal Forms
Blank Renewal Form
Renew Online.  Online renewals will still require a completed renewal form, S.A.V.E. Affidavit (if required), and any other state licensing documents (if required by your profession).  Completed documents will be accepted via email.  Please review the instructions for online submissions.    

.  Please email all renewal forms in one email (can be multiple attachments) with the license number (found on the upper right corner of the renewal form) and the business name in the subject to taxlicensing@chambleega.gov.  Separate emails with individual forms may cause your renewal to be delayed or rejected online.  

• 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