Business Licenses/Occupational Tax Certificates

Every business in the City of Suwanee must apply each year for an occupational tax certificate, formerly referred to as a business license. The fee for the certificate is based on gross receipts and the tax rate for your business class:

Fee = gross receipts from previous year x the tax rate (0.0004-0.0009) + $50

The maximum fee/tax for any single company is $12,500.

Certain licensed professionals (including architects, doctors, and engineers, among others) may pay a flat fee of $400, rather than a fee based on gross receipts.

As regulated by the State of Georgia, banks should use form PT440 to obtain their occupational tax certificate.

For additional information about occupational tax certificates, see below or contact Accounting Analyst Alina Pataca at apataca@suwanee.com or 770/904-3383.

Obtaining a new occupational tax certificate
and certificate of occupancy

Occupational tax certificates for new businesses are available at Suwanee City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue. Please be aware that the only way to obtain and renew occupational tax certificates is directly through the City of Suwanee. Online payments are not accepted, and no outside websites should be used.

To help expedite the process for obtaining your new occupational tax certificate, you may download and complete the appropriate forms via the links below:

Commercial Occupational Tax Application
Home Occupational Tax Application

New businesses as well as those that are changing names, changing ownership, or moving to a new location must also obtain a certificate of occupancy. This certificate is required before you may legally occupy your building, obtain your occupational tax certificate, and conduct business operations.

To obtain a certificate of occupancy, contact the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal, 678/518-6100. A copy must be presented to the City of Suwanee in order to complete City inspections.

The process for obtaining a certificate of occupancy usually requires about a week. It also takes about five business days to process a new occupational tax certificate.

Renewing your business license

If you already have a City of Suwanee occupational tax certificate, the City will contact you in early December to renew for the following year. Paperwork is due back to the City in mid-February and payment is due March 31. 2014 Occupational Tax Renewal Application.

Please be aware: Georgia's "Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011" (HB 87) requires that business license applicants and renewals be in compliance with new state immigration and identification standards. In order to be in compliance, the City of Suwanee must require the affidavits and verifiable documentation that are included and identified in the application forms referenced above.

Alcohol license

Businesses that sell and serve beer, wine, distilled spirits and/or alcoholic beverages are required to obtain a City of Suwanee alcohol license. The requirements, process, and fees are outlined in the Alcohol License Application Guide and Forms. For more information, contact Accounting Analyst Kathy Jones at kjones@suwanee.com or 770/945-8996.