Cobb County Government

Obtaining an Occupation Tax Certificate / Business License

An occupation tax certificate, commonly known as a business license, is a certificate issued by government agencies authorizing individuals or companies to conduct business within the government’s geographical jurisdiction. It is the authorization to start a business issued by the local government.






Any individual, partnership, corporation, or entity which engages in any activity with the object of gain, profit, benefit, or advantage in the unincorporated area of Cobb County is considered to be engaged in business and must obtain an Occupation Tax Certificate, commonly known as a business license, for each location in Cobb County prior to engaging in these activities. This includes any activity, full or part-time, performed from a permanent, transient, residential or commercial location as well as any activity performed temporarily or on a transient basis in Cobb County. Activities include selling, soliciting or representing products or services, leasing or renting of commercial real property, retail sales, wholesale activities, administrative office activities, manufacturing, providing services, consulting, etc.


To obtain a Cobb County Occupation Tax Certificate, you must first obtain the fee amount for your new Occupation Tax Certificate. To obtain fee amount for new business establishments, please e-mail your completed application, a signed and notarized HB87 Citizenship Affidavit [PDF], a signed and notarized Private Employer Affidavit [PDF] and one secure and verifiable document [PDF] (a driver license or passport) to If you are not a US citizen, you must also include a copy of the applicant’s immigration documents. You will need to have the Adobe “Acrobat” reader installed on your computer to view these files.