Business Licenses

Applying for an Occupational Tax Certificate

An Occupational Tax Certificate – commonly referred to as a business license – is required to conduct business in Richmond Hill, including home occupations. Applications can be obtained online or at City Hall. We strongly encourage businesses to obtain an Occupational Tax Certificate before opening. However, a business may obtain an Occupational Tax Certificate within its first 30 days of operation.

The charge for an Occupational Tax Certificate varies depending on information such as gross receipts. All occupational tax certificates expire on December 31st of each year regardless of when the license was originally obtained and must be paid and renewed by March 31st each year.

For more information on business occupation tax, please refer to Section N in the Revenue Ordinance.

Renewing an Occupational Tax Certificate

All occupational tax certificates expire on December 31st of each year regardless of when the license was originally obtained and must be paid and renewed by March 31st each year.  The City of Richmond Hill is no longer partnering with Avenu Insights for off-site renewal processing.  

Renewals will be completed by internal staff at City Hall.  Due to a delay in receiving data, business renewal packets will be mailed during the week of January 10th, 2022.  However, you can print the application packet below and submit it to us via email at businesslicensing@richmondhill-ga.gov, mail to 40 Richard Davis Drive, or dropbox outside of City Hall, located at 40 Richard Davis Drive.

For more information on business occupation tax, please refer to Section N in the Revenue Ordinance.

If you have questions regarding the business licensing process, please contact City Hall at (912) 756-3345.

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Updating Business Information

If your business is undergoing a transition, please notify the City by completing the required forms and returning them to City Hall.

Please Note: If you are selling your business, you must notify the City of the sale before the new owner can apply for an occupational tax certificate.

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