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Business License

Overview
Commonly referred to as a business license, an Occupational 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.


Current Business List
Upon issuance of an occupation tax certificate by the City of Madison, a business is listed in the City Business Directory.  Upon annual renewal, the directory is updated.  

Business Services posts a Monthly Business Report, which list new businesses, change of addresses, etc.  Most Recent Report | View All