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Welcome to Madison!  We are thrilled to welcome your business to our community.  Below you will find a checklist of the necessary requirements to obtain an Occupation Tax Certificate, sometimes referred to as a Business License, for the City of Madison.

Overview

Commonly referred to as a business license, an Occupation Tax Certificate is issued upon the registration of a business and payment of the established fee.

An occupation tax certificate:

  • shall be displayed by the business owner in a conspicuous place within the business premises at all times
  • expires on December 31 of the year the certificate is issued
  • is not transferable

A change of ownership shall be considered in the same light as the termination of a business and the establishment of a new business.  Therefore, a new owner must apply for a new occupational tax certificate.
A change in address shall be cause for a business to follow the same procedures as a new business.  Please check the zoning prior to signing a new lease or occupying new space, as the location may be one where the business may not be allowed.

Occupation Tax Certificate Checklist

Zoning:  Contact Mollie Bogle, City Planner, to confirm zoning for proposed location.  It is best practice to speak with zoning before signing a lease or purchasing property for your business.  Mollie can be reached at 706-342-1251 x 224 or by email

Fire Inspection:  No occupation tax certificate will be issued without consent from the Fire Marshal, Gene Porter.  He will need to inspect the proposed location to ensure that it is up to code. Gene can be reached at 706-342-1251 x 212 or by email

Occupation Tax Certificate:  Download the following forms and return them to Ashley Hawk, City Clerk, at City Hall.  Please note that the E-Verify affidavit and SAVE affidavit require a notary. Additionally, the SAVE affidavit needs to be returned with one form of state issued ID listed on the affidavit.
Occupational Tax Certificate Application
Private Employer Affidavit
S.A.V.E. Affidavit

If you are a applying for a home occupation certificate, print the Home Occupation Ordinance and initial each page to confirm it has been read.