BUSINESS REGISTRATION

We are excited that you are considering the City of Pooler as the future home for your business! The Business Registration Department’s goal is to provide friendly and professional services to all of City of Pooler’s business owners. The Business Registration Department is responsible for all Occupational Tax Certifications (Business Licenses), Alcohol Licensing, and other special permits.

Phone: 912-748-7261

 

OCCUPATIONAL TAX (BUSINESS LICENSE)

All businesses with a physical location or organizations planning to conduct business (certain restrictions apply – see local ordinance for details) within the City of Pooler are required to pay an annual Occupational Tax Certificate (Business License) fee. Our fees are based on the number of employees (please refer to the application for the fee schedule). A Business Registration Application must be completed and submitted to the Occupational Tax Clerk for review and approval.

Below you will find the Business Registration Application. The application provides you with a checklist that needs to be reviewed carefully to ensure all necessary supporting documentation is provided when the application is submitted.

Upon submission of your application, it will be forwarded to our Building and Zoning Department for review. A Building/Life Safety inspection is required for any existing spaces or buildings prior to the issuance of an Occupational Tax Certificate. Any building or space that has been newly constructed or renovated within the past six (6) months is not required to be inspected.

Link to City ordinance for Occupational Tax - https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH26BU_ARTIIOCTAREFE

Business Registration Application – General Businesses.pdf

HOME OCCUPATIONS AND HOME BUSINESS OFFICES

There are two categories for Home-Based businesses; Home Occupation and Home-Based business offices (telephone use only). These are required to meet a list of criteria (provided with the application) and homeowners must ensure that there are no restrictive subdivision covenants prohibiting business offices. The application is below and it must be filed with the Occupational Tax Clerk. After submission, the application will be reviewed by the Building & Zoning Department for any applicable zoning restrictions. Home occupation permits may be renewed annually as long as the operation continues to follow the home occupation parameters.

Link to City ordinance for Home Based Businesses:

https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_APXAZO_ARTIIIGEPR_S18HOOCHOBUOF

Business Registration Application – Home-based Businesses.pdf

ALCOHOL LICENSING & MONTHLY MIXED DRINK EXCISE TAX

Our Alcohol Licensing process is currently undergoing changes. Please check back often for updates.

 


 

All restaurants or local businesses who are applying for or in possession of the Retail Liquor/Sell by the Drink only license will need to submit a monthly Liquor (Distilled Spirits) by the Drink Excise Tax Return. Below you will find the required form. This tax return must be filed and paid by the 20th of the month following the period for which the tax is due to avoid penalty and interest. Failure to pay the tax by the due date will result in the imposition of penalty and interest. If the 20th falls on a weekend or Federal Holiday the return needs to be filed and paid, or postmarked, by the following business day. Any questions regarding this please contact Demeshia Coleman, Finance Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Link to City Ordinance for Mixed Drink Excise Tax –

https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH6ALBE_ARTIIMIDREXTA

Liquor (Distilled Spirits) By the Drink Excise Tax Return.pdf

BUSINESSES WITH NO LOCATION IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA

A business license with the City of Pooler will be required if an out of state business does not possess a State of Georgia contractor license and they will have one or more employees or agents who exert substantial efforts within the jurisdiction of the city for the purpose of soliciting business or serving customers/clients.

Link to Ordinance for Business with no location in the State:

https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH26BU_ARTIIOCTAREFE_S26-36PABUNOLOST

OTHER LICENSING

SPECIAL EVENTS, PARADES, AND DEMONSTRATIONS

A special event is any activity occurring upon private or public property that affects the ordinary use of public streets, rights-of-way, or sidewalks. This includes, but is not limited to, fairs, festivals, foot runs, and bicycle runs. A special event application must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the proposed event. Each application will be considered for approval by the Pooler City Council at a regular meeting. If approved, a permit will be issued upon payment of the $300 application fee. Permits are valid for 30 days.

City Ordinance for Special Event Permits

Special Event Permit Application Form.pdf


TEMPORARY/SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT (DISPENSING ALCOHOL)

Our Alcohol Licensing process is currently undergoing changes. Please check back often for updates.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT PERMIT

Applicants for entertainment permits must be at least 21 years of age and be the owner or general manager of an establishment with an active City of Pooler alcohol license. The applicant shall first complete an application form as provided by the Occupational Tax Clerk. The Chief of Police and Zoning Administrator should review and investigate the initial applicant for such. The conditions for approval or denial are found in our City ordinance.

Link to City Ordinance for Live Entertainment Permit –

https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH10AMEN_ARTIPOALSEESLIEN_S10-5ENPEAPPR

Live Entertainment Permit Application.pdf

DOOR TO DOOR SALES PERMIT

***NO DOOR TO DOOR SOLICITATION PERMITS ARE BEING ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***

 

All persons, firms or corporations that want to engage in the business of soliciting in the City of Pooler must first obtain a permit in accordance with the provisions contained in Article VII of the Code of Ordinances, see link below. This applies to door-to-door solicitations for commercial transactions for profit only. In no event shall a permit be valid for more than 30 days. All applications have a checklist on the first page, please review this carefully and make sure that you submit all the required documentation to the Occupational Tax Clerk. A permit will be issued after it has been reviewed and approved by appropriate personnel.

 

Link to Ordinance for Door to Door Sales Permit:

https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH26BU_ARTVIIDO-DSA

Door to Door Sales Permit Application.pdf

RENEWAL PROCEDURES

RENEWAL PROCEDURES

The Occupation tax (Business License) fees shall be payable January 1 of each year. All renewal applications will be sent out between October and November of the previous year for all active licenses and permits. All Occupational Tax must be paid by no later than January 31st of the current year. If outstanding fees remain unpaid after March 30th , penalties will be assessed. Please completely fill out the provided renewal form and submit your payment in person or by mail.

 

Renewals for 2022 Alcoholic Beverage Licenses are not ready at this time. Please check back soon for updates.

Link for renewals ordinance:

https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH26BU_ARTIIOCTAREFE_S26-41WHDUPATRBUWHDE

Renewal Package.pdf

Sunday Sales Affidavit.pdf

FAQs

How long does the process take for a Business Registration application?

Every application received by the Occupational Tax Clerk must be reviewed for accuracy and further submitted to the Building & Zoning Department for approval. This process could take up to 7 business days to receive a response.

How long does the process take for an Alcohol Beverage License Registration application?

This application may take longer and it all depends on when the application is submitted. These applications have to be reviewed for accuracy by the Occupational Tax Clerk. If all information is accurate, it will further be forwarded to the Building and Zoning Department for review and approval. If approved, it is then processed by the City Clerk and will be scheduled for the next available Council meeting for consideration by Mayor and Council. The applicant will be notified when the Council meeting will take place. Once approved by Mayor and Council, the license will be issued on the next business day upon receipt of payment.

What if my business is already established and I only need a change of ownership?

Any change of ownership of a business will result in the termination of said business and the establishment of a new business. Therefore, a new Business Registration application and, if applicable, a new Alcohol Beverage License Registration application would need to be submitted and the process is the same of a new business for both applications. The applications must be submitted within 30 days from the change of ownership to the Occupational Tax Clerk.

How are fees calculated for the yearly Occupational Tax (Business License)?

ANNUAL OCCUPATIONAL TAX (BUSINESS LICENSE) FEES   (Prorated rates are for New Applications ONLY)
# of Employees Tax Rate with $25 Admin Fee Tax Rate after July 1st with $25 Admin Fee
1 $75.00 $50.00
2 $110.00 $67.50
3 $145.00 $85.00
4 $180.00 $102.50
5 $215.00 $120.00
6 $250.00 $137.50
7 $285.00 $155.00
8 $320.00 $172.50
9 $355.00 $190.00
10 $390.00 $207.50
11 $425.00 $225.00
12 $460.00 $242.50
13 $495.00 $260.00
14 $530.00 $277.50
15 $565.00 $295.00
16 $600.00 $312.50
17 $635.00 $330.00
18 $670.00 $347.50
19 $705.00 $365.00
20 $740.00 $382.50
21 or more $740 plus $1.00 per employee  $382.50 plus $1.00 per employee
     
     
INSURANCE COMPANIES $75.00 ANNUAL FEE not prorated

What are the fees for the different types of Alcohol Beverage licenses?

ANNUAL ALCOHOL LICENSE FEES***   (Prorated rates are for New Applications ONLY)
Type of License Annual Fee  Annual Fee after July 1st 
Retail Wine & Beer or Other Malt Beverages $460.00 $230.00
Retail Liquor - Sale by Package Only $750.00 $375.00
Retail Liquor/Distilled Spirits - Sale by Drink Only(for consumption on premises) $1,500.00 $750.00
Retail Liquor - Sale by Package & Drink $2,000.00 $1,000.00
Sunday Sales (Food Serving Establishments; Must complete additional affidavit) $150.00 $75.00
Wholesale Beer or Other Malt Beverages $935.00 $467.50
Wholesale Liquor $1,500.00 $750.00
Wholesale Wine $150.00 $75.00
     
***All new alcohol license applications will also be assessed $20 Investigative & $25 Administrative Fees per applicant. ***    

Are there any location restrictions for the issuance of an Alcohol Beverage License?

No alcoholic beverages shall be kept for sale or given away anywhere within 100 yards of any school ground, college campus or church. Zoning restrictions may apply.

Are there any penalties imposed for unpaid license or tax fees and when are they applied?

The registration and occupation tax shall be payable January 1 of each year if it remains unpaid for 90 days from the due date, the person liable for the tax shall be subject to and pay a penalty of 10% of the tax due and an additional penalty of 1.5% of the occupation tax for each additional month or fraction thereof of delinquency. Penalties are added to unpaid licenses on April 1st of every year.

What type of payments are accepted?

All applications can be paid by Debit/Credit card (Amex & Discover not accepted), Checks, Money Orders, Cashier’s Checks and Cash.  **Due to Covid-19, temporarily and as a courtesy for new applications ONLY, we will be able to process a debit/credit card payments over the phone.**

How can I make changes to my license (i.e. mailing address, location address, business name)?

All request for changes must be submitted in writing. However, there are certain changes that may require additional documentation. Please contact the Occupational Tax Clerk for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What if I am no longer in business, sold the business, moved out of the area or need to terminate my license for any reason?

It is very important that if you are no longer operating a business in the City of Pooler and need to cancel your license, that you submit the Application to Terminate a Business to the Occupational Tax Clerk. Below you will find the required application. Please submit your form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to avoid potential penalties for non-payment.

Terminating a Business Notification

Questions

If you have any questions please contact the Business Registration office in the Finance Department call (912) 748-7261 ext. 109. Hablamos español.

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