BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
helping build a better community
Business Development Services Mission Statement:
The mission of the Business Development Services Department is to promote, provide and ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all citizens working and residing in the municipality of Macon-Bibb County.
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Director: Marcus Robinson
Questions or Concerns Contact us @: MBBDS@maconbibb.us
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE:Business Development Services 682 Cherry Street; Suite 500 Macon, GA 31201 P: (478) 803-0470 F: (478) 751-7268 Business Hours: 8:00 – 5:00 Permits: 8:30 – 4:30 Licenses: 8:30 – 4:30 Inspector’s Office Hours 7:30 – 8:30 am 3:30 – 4 pm Property Maintenance Division Terminal Station 200 Cherry Street; Suite 300 Macon, GA 31201 P: (478) 751-7192 F: (478) 751-7169
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Duties of the department of Business Development Services, which encompasses: Building Division – (478) 803-0470
- Issues and maintains construction permits
- Reviews plans, specifications and construction documents for code compliance
- Performs field investigations and inspections for code compliance
- Issues Certificates of Occupancy
Business License Division – (478) 803-2812 * (478) 803-0463 *(478) 803-0466 * (478) 803-0470
Click on the Business License Division tab above for more information.
- Accepts applications for occupational taxes
- Accepts applications for privilege licenses (alcohol, special events, etc.)
- Collects revenues for above taxes and licenses
Property Maintenance Division – (478) 751-7192
- Ensures compliance with the International Property Maintenance Code
- Maintain the Foreclosed and Vacant Property Registration Program
- Works with residents, businesses and contractors to ensure properties are properly maintained and cared for.
Marcus Robinson Director (478) 803-0461
Ricky Fuller Assistant Director (478) 803-0462
Andy Pitrowski Abatement Officer II 478) 803-2795
Audrey Stallion Office Assistant II (478) 803-0463
Daniel Brown Building Inspector (478) 803-0474
Deidre Alava Abatement Officer I (478) 803-2432
Diane Jackson Administrative Assistant (478) 803-2425
Emory Yarbrough Chief Building Inspector (478) 803-0473
Greg Howard Mechanical Inspector (478) 803-0480
Gwen Harden Application Specialist (478) 803-0470
Jason Woodward Plumbing Inspector (478) 803-0478
John Baker Building Abatement Manager (478) 803-0467
Jonathan Chambless Building Inspector (478) 803-0475
Kathy Shinholster License Coordinator (478) 803-2812
Kevin Kent Electrical Inspector (478) 803-0476
Kim McKay Administrative Services Manager (478) 803-0464
Lekitte Robinson Abatement Officer I (478) 803-2428
Michael Barnes Chief Electrical Inspector (478) 803-0477
Randall Walker Plans Examiner (478) 803-0472
Richard A. Powell Demolition Coordinator (478) 803-2409
Scott Dibble Plumbing Inspector (478) 803-0479
Tim Harrell Abatement Officer I (478) 803-2429
Tonya Davis Application Specialist (478) 803-0466
Tscharner Ryder Abatement Officer I
Vernon N. Cullins Abatement Officer II (478) 803-0468
William C. Mander, Jr. Abatement Officer I (478) 803-2430
Macon-Bibb County maintains a listing of construction and trade permits issued in real time. Click here to go to the search page for permits issued by Business Development Services.
Web links for building codes:
A 24 hr. notice is required before any non-emergency inspections will be scheduled. Request for inspections must be called in directly to Assigned Inspector.
Inspections can be requested via email. The following Inspectors and corresponding email addresses are available. If you do not know which inspector to contact, you can look them up by street HERE.
Email Inspection Requests
Inspector’s territories are defined geographically. Click HERE to get a list by street.
Welcome to the Macon-Bibb County Business License Division.
Business Development Services, Business License Division is located at
682 Cherry Street, Suite 500, Macon, GA 31201
(478) 803-2812 * (478) 803-0463 * (478) 803-0466 * (478) 803-0470
Macon-Bibb County welcomes your business to our community. Every business in Macon-Bibb County must apply for an Occupation Tax Certificate (Business License) and renew it annually.
General Business License Renewal Deadline: April 01, 2017
A 10% Penalty And 1.5% Monthly Interest Is Assessed For Failing To Renew By April 01.
***All current Business and Alcohol Licenses will expire on December 31, 2016***
Renewal applications will not be mailed to business owners. Courtesy postcard reminders for business and alcohol license renewals will be mailed December 2016 to the address on file, however it’s the responsibility of business owners to renew each year.
All business licenses must be renewed each year. Business owners must complete a Business License Renewal Application, also known as the Occupation Tax Return. Renewals are due on or before April 01 of each year. Alcohol License renewal applications must be submitted on or before February 01 to receive your alcohol license by April 01 annually.
ANNUAL BUSINESS LICENSE DEADLINES:
All Licenses expire: December 31
Submit Alcohol License renewal: February 01
Business License renewal: April 01
Please have the following information available to successfully complete your renewal application:
- Federal Tax ID number
- Georgia Sales Tax ID number
- Number of Employees
- Copy of State Issued Professional License (if applicable)
- Notarized E-Verify Affidavit
- Notarized S.A.V.E. Affidavit (If you are not an American citizen, you must provide your legal Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card, or other authorizing documentation for verification by The Department of Homeland Security.)
Avoid the rush by completing and submitting your renewal application BEFORE the April 01 deadline.
Incomplete applications will be returned.
To apply for a new business license or to renew your license, click the “Application/ Form Downloads” link below, select and complete the appropriate application, and submit along with all required documentation and fees to the Business License Division. Incomplete applications will be returned.
Application / Form Downloads
Planning, Zoning, and Design Review: Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission Information portal to planning, zoning and development review in Macon-Bibb County.
PUBLIC PERMIT SEARCH On April 14th, 2014 we moved our permitting process to a new system.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I do if I’m concerned about the condition of a piece of property in the city?
You can file an inspection request with our Property Maintenance Division to have them verify if a code violation exists by calling 478-751-7192 Monday thru Friday 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM or go to the See-Click-Fix by clicking the link HERE.
2. What is the process after I submit an inspection request?
Once an inspection request is received, we will send a code enforcement officer out to inspect the property within a few days to verify if a code violation exists. If the property is in violation of a city ordinance, a written notice of violation will be mailed by certified mail to the legal property owner of record. The legal owner of the property will be given a specific time period to correct the violation and bring the property into compliance. If the violation is not resolved within the specified time frame, the city will take measures to bring the property into compliance.
3. When is grass considered to be in violation?
Grass is officially in violation of the city code when it reaches a height of 12 inches or higher.
4. Does the Property Maintenance Division handle complaints about animals?
No. Contact the animal control officer with the Animal Welfare Department for concerns about animals.
5. I have a neighbor who is a repeat offender. Do I have to file an inspection request every time I have a concern?
Yes. Although the Property Maintenance Division is proactively looking for problem properties, we are unable to see everything. By filing an inspection request every time there is a concern, it ensures the property will be inspected in a timely fashion.
6. I have a mold and/or mildew issue; can you help me with my problem?
The Property Maintenance Division does not do any testing or sampling of alleged mold or mildew. We will however cite violations of walls, floors or ceilings not being maintained and for any water damage that may contribute to mold or mildew.
7. What can I do about my neighbor’s tree limbs growing across the property line to my property?
This is often a civil issue that needs to be addressed between the neighbors or their attorneys. A property owner has the right to trim limbs back to their property line, but could face civil charges if damage occurs. If the limb or tree on a neighbor’s property is clearly dead, then this Division can cite the property owner where the tree originates and ask that the hazardous conditions be removed.
8. I have received a property maintenance violation letter, what do I do now?
If you make the necessary repairs or perform the necessary maintenance prior to the compliance date on the letter, no further action will be taken. If you are unable to meet this compliance date, contact the Property Maintenance Division at 478-751-7192 to discuss the issue. If the problem is not resolved, cases will be forwarded to Municipal Court.
Condemned Property: These properties have been cited as being unfit for occupancy and/or dangerous structures. The inspectors are processing these cases against the owners for compliance by either rehab or demolition. For a complete Condemned Property list, click HERE.
Court Approved for Demolition: These properties have been cited and the Court has approved the wrecking or removal by any means of the entire or partial exterior of a structure. For a complete Court Approved for Demolition list, click HERE.
Instructions on how to complete the Macon-Bibb County Georgia Vacant and Foreclosed Property Ordinance.
Macon-Bibb County ordinances Chapter 6, Article IV, Sec. 6-70 thru 6-80 describes the purpose and requirements to complete the Vacant and Foreclosed Property Ordinance. Below is a short summary: Sec. 6-73 requires any owner or agents of foreclosed real property OR vacant real property to register within 30 days of the property becoming foreclosed or vacant, and Sec. 6-76 requires a one-time registration and administration fee of ten dollar ($10.00) for each structure on the parcel. As of January 1, 2014, the ordinance now applies to the new jurisdiction of the city Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, which now includes both the former City of Macon and the former Bibb County governments. Please fill out the attached form (found HERE) with the following information:
- The real owners name, street address, mailing address, phone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address;
- The agent’s name, street address, mailing address, phone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address;
- The real property’s street address and tax parcel number;
- The transfer date of the instrument conveying the real property to the owner; and
- At such time as it becomes available, recording information, including deed book and page numbers, of the instrument conveying the real property to the owner.
Send the check(s), made out to Macon-Bibb County and the completed form to:Department of Business Development Services Attention: Property Maintenance Division 200 Cherry Street; Suite 300 Macon, GA 31201 Ph: 478-751-7192