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Licensing & Occupation Tax Section

For information on obtaining a business or alcoholic beverage license in the City of Columbus, Georgia/Muscogee County, please contact the Revenue Division-Occupation Tax Section at (706) 653-4100. The Occupation Tax Section office is located at 3111 Citizens Way, 2nd Floor, Columbus, GA 31907. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1397, Columbus, GA 31902..

Business Licenses 

SAVE AFFIDAVIT (click here) - Public Benefits Affidavit Verifying Legal Status (12-2012)
The (S.A.V.E.) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program is an inter-governmental initiative designed to aid benefit-granting agencies in determining an applicant's immigration status, and thereby ensure that only entitled applicants receive federal, state, or local public benefits and licenses. For every public benefit a city or county issues to any person or entity, the city or county must receive a signed and sworn affidavit verifying the person's lawful presence in the United States. This requirement is mandated under Georgia Law O.C.G.A.§ 50-36-1.

E-Verify (click here) - Private Employer
The enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, H.B. 87, requires most every private employer needing a Georgia business license to register with and utilize the federal work authorization program, also known as E-Verify. Before any city or county issues any occupational tax certificate (also known as business licenses) or other licenses to a private employer, the employer must sign an affidavit stating that the employer is authorized to use E-Verify or is not required to use E-Verify. This requirement is mandatory. In order to comply with Georgia State Law, any employer of ten or more full time employees (full time means someone who works for you at least 35 hours per week) renewing or obtaining a business license/occupation tax certificate or similar license will have to complete and submit the enclosed E-Verify affidavit proving the employer's E-Verify registration number and attesting to its proper use. Please visit http://www.uscis.gov/ for E-Verify registration instructions.

Actual 2013 Estimated 2014 Occupation Tax Return (with Instructions)


Actual 2012 Estimated 2013 Occupation Tax Return (with Instructions)
Instructions for 2011 - 2012 Occupation Tax Return (12-2011)
Actual 2011 Estimated 2012 Occupation Tax Return
Instructions for 2010 - 2011 Occupation Tax Return (12-2010)
Actual 2010 Estimated 2011 Occupation Tax Return


Complete 2009 Instructions for Occupation Tax Return
Actual 2009 - Estimated 2010 Occupation Tax Return (12-2009)

Actual 2008 - Estimated 2009 Occupation Tax Instructions
Actual 2008 - Estimated 2009 Occupation Tax Return (12-2008)

Complete 2008 Instructions for Occupation Tax Return
Actual 2007 - Estimated 2008 Occupation Tax Return (12-2007)

Procedures for obtaining a Business License

Request/ Renewal Form For Business Licenses

Hotel/Motel Excise Tax Form & Instructions


Rental Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Form

Mixed Drink Excise Tax Form & Instructions

Credit CArd Authorization Form


Alcoholic Beverage License 

Information for Alcoholic Beverage License Application

Sign & Survey Authorization for New Alcoholic Beverage License

Request to Investigate


Alarm Permit 

Alarm Permit Application


Pawnbrokers and Dealers in Second-hand Jewery...

Application to Operate as: Pawnbrokers, Dealers in Second-Hand Jewelry, Precious Metals and Gems




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