Business Development Services

Business License

Business License

Building Permits

Property Maintenance


Welcome to the Macon-Bibb County Business License Division

Business Development Services, Business License Division is located at

200 Cherry Street, Suite 202, Macon, GA 31201

(478) 803-0470


Every business in Macon-Bibb County must apply for an Occupation Tax Certificate (Business License) and renew it annually. 

The Macon-Bibb County department of Business Development Services would like to remind business owners that the deadline for Business License Renewal Applications is April 01, 2018. In order to receive your Alcohol License by April 01, 2018, you must submit your completed Alcoholic Beverage Renewal application by February 01, 2018. Failure to renew by the annual April 01 deadline will result in a 10% penalty and monthly interest at 1.5%.


What’s New For 2018:

We Have Moved!

We are now located in the Historic Terminal Station. Our new physical and mailing address is

Business Development Services

Business License Division

200 Cherry Street, Suite 202

Macon, GA 31201

 Our office is located on the rear of the Terminal Station. To access our office, please use the available parking behind the building. 

Trade Name Registration

If your business is using a business name that is different from your legal, LLC, or Corporation name, that name is a Trade Name or DBA (Doing Business As). You must register that Trade Name or DBA with the Bibb County Superior Court Clerk’s Office*. For any questions or more information, contact the Bibb County Superior Court Clerk’s Office at 478-621-6531.

* Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 10-1-490) requires every “person, firm, or partnership, carrying on in this state any trade or business under any trade name or partnership name or other name” to register the trade name of the business with 30 days from “commencing to do business.” As provided by law, the registration shall be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court “of the county in which the business is chiefly carried on or, in the case of a domestic corporation using any name other than its corporate name, in the county of its legal domicile.”


As a reminder, all Alcohol License customers are REQUIRED to have a 2018 General Business License before we can issue your 2018 Alcohol License.

In a continuing effort to save our citizens time and money, renewal applications are not mailed.  Please click on the “Forms” tab, at the top of the page, to access the 2018 license renewal applications.

We thank you for continuing to choose Macon-Bibb County as the place to do business!



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 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.)

Incomplete applications will be returned.

 Please click on the “Forms” tab to access the 2018 license applications.


Macon-Bibb County welcomes your business to our community.

If you would like to apply for a new Occupation Tax Certificate (Business License) or Alcohol license, please contact our office to request an application. Every business in Macon-Bibb County must apply for a Business License and renew it annually. 

Please contact the Business License Division by calling 478-803-0470. 


General Business License Renewal Deadline: April 01, 2018

A 10% Penalty And 1.5% Monthly Interest Is Assessed For Failing To Renew By April 01.

 ***All current Business and Alcohol Licenses expired on December 31, 2017***

Renewal applications are not mailed to business owners.

All business licenses must be renewed each year by the annual April 01 renewal deadline. It is the responsibility of every business owner to renew their licenses each year by completing a Business License Renewal Application, also known as the Occupation Tax Return. 

Alcohol License renewal applications must be submitted on or before February 01 to receive your alcohol license by April 01 annually.


2018 General Business License Renewal

Bail Bonding Application

Billiard or Pool Hall Application

Dance Hall Application

Fortune Teller Application

Massage Therapist Parlor Application 

Pawn Broker Application 

Precious Metals and Gems Application