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Business Changes

 

Non-Regulated Businesses

Change of Ownership

Alcoholic Beverage Licenses are not transferable. If the business changes ownership, the purchaser must submit a change of ownership application, the HB87 Citizenship Affidavit [PDF], the Private Employer Affidavit [PDF], one verifiable document [PDF] (a driver license or passport), and immigration documents, if applicable. Other information required includes personal statements for each licensee, owner, partner and/or stockholder owning shares of 20 percent or more. Signed consent forms for criminal investigations on these individuals and their spouses are also required. The Business License Manager reserves the right to request this information on all stockholders, partners, owners, licensees and their spouses.

Two 2”x2” photographs of each person submitting a personal statement must accompany each original application submitted. Consent forms must be submitted by stockholders and spouses owning shares of 20 percent or more, as well as licensee and spouse.

Incorporation papers, purchase agreements, leases, contracts, and lease assignments are also required when applicable. If the establishment is applying for a Liquor Pouring License, it must meet the specific requirements established in the Cobb County Code of Ordinances, Section 6-1 and Section 6-130.

A completed application must be submitted to the Business License Division prior to assuming ownership of the business. The purchaser must submit an executed bill of sale. A change of ownership is defined as the addition of a partner or stockholder. If a partner or stockholder withdraws, and they are not the current licensee listed on the license and no other changes are made, a new application need not be submitted. However, if the partner, owner, or stockholder who withdraws is the “named licensee” a new licensee is required and a change of licensee application must be submitted. On a change of ownership, new fees must be paid and are not pro-rated. The application fee for a change of ownership is $300 -- in addition to a new Alcoholic Beverage Business License fee and Occupation Tax.

Change of Licensee

If there is a change of licensee, the business shall submit a change of licensee application, the HB87 Citizenship Affidavit [PDF], the Private Employer Affidavit [PDF], one secure and verifiable document [PDF], (a driver license or passport), and immigration documents, if applicable. If there is a change of licensee, the business shall submit a personal statement. Signed consent forms for criminal investigations on these individuals and their spouses are also required. The Business License Supervisor reserves the right to request this information on all stockholders, partners, owners and their spouses.

Two 2”x2” photographs of each person submitting personal statements must accompany each original application submitted. A change of licensee application must be filed whenever the named licensee is no longer in a managing capacity over the licensed location for which they are the named licensee. Managing capacity is defined in Section 6- 92 (f) of the Cobb County Code of Ordinances. A $300 application fee will be charged for a change of licensee.

Change of Location

Licenses are void if persons who are engaged in selling or serving alcohol change business locations, unless a new application, with blue line surveys, lease etc. pertaining to the new location are submitted prior to the move and approval is obtained from the Business License Division Manager. This process takes six to eight weeks and requires an advertising fee of $600 if alcohol has not been sold at the new location within twelve months prior to the application. Call the Regulated Business Licence Office at 770-528-2186 for more information.

Closing of Business

If business in Cobb County is terminated, the Business License Division must be notified in writing. The alcohol license must be surrendered to the Business License Division.