Renewing your Business License-ONLINE
If you already have a City of Buford occupational tax certificate, now you can renew online. Click here
to start the process.
Learn how to get your business license in the City of Buford
Every business in the City of Buford 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
Fee = gross receipts from previous year x the tax rate
(0.0004-0.00065) + $25
The maximum fee/tax for any single company is $15,000.
Certain licensed professionals (including architects,
doctors, and engineers, among others) may pay a flat fee of $25, 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 Autumn Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Obtaining a new
occupational tax certificate
Occupational tax certificate forms for new businesses are
available online and at Buford
City Hall, 2300 Buford Highway.
Please be aware that the only way to obtain and renew occupational tax
certificates is directly through the City of Buford.
At this time, online payments are not accepted, and no outside websites
should be used. Submit forms to the City of Buford
New businesses as well as those that are changing names,
changing ownership, or moving to a new location must obtain a new 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, 678-518-6000. A copy of
this certificate must be presented to the City of Buford in order to complete City inspections.
The process for obtaining a certificate of occupancy usually
requires about a week. It takes about five business days to process a new
occupational tax certificate.
If you already have a City of Buford occupational tax certificate, the City will contact you in early January to renew for the following year. Paperwork is due back to the City of Buford in mid-February and payment is due March 31. 2017 Occupational Tax – Renewal Application. Forms are to be returned to the City of Buford.
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 Buford must require the affidavits and verifiable documentation that are included and identified in the application forms referenced above.
Application for Occupational Tax Certificate New 2017
Occupational Tax 2017 Renewal Form
Please contact the City of Buford (770-945-6761) with questions concerning a Business License.