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

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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

All restaurants or local businesses seeking to apply for any type of alcohol license with the City of Pooler will need to fill out the Application for Alcoholic Beverage License, which is found below. 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. When all documents are received, the application will then need to be taken before City Council at the next available meeting for consideration by Mayor and Council. Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Please refer to the application or to the FAQ section for the fee schedule.

Link to City Ordinance for Alcohol Licensing –

https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH6ALBE

Application for Alcoholic Beverage License.pdf

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

TEMPORARY/SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT (DISPENSING ALCOHOL)

The rules and regulations for this permit are established and shall govern the conduct of every person owning and operating such place of business. Temporary/special event permits to dispense alcoholic beverages may be issued to individuals when the event is sponsored by a private non-profit organization located in Georgia or is a closed private event to which the general public is not invited and during which the alcoholic beverages will be served only to invited guests. These events can only be held on Mondays through Saturdays and are prohibited on Sundays. Applications must be submitted to the Occupational Tax Clerk for review. Upon preliminary approval, the application will then be forwarded to the Chief of Police and Mayor and Council for approval. Permits will be issued for a maximum of two days at a rate of $100 per day.

Link to City Ordinance for Rules and Regulations for Temporary/Special Event Permit:

https://library.municode.com/ga/pooler/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH6ALBE_ARTIINGE_S6-11RURE

Special event permit application – Dispensing Alcohol.pdf

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

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 and required affidavits will be sent out between October and November of the previous year for all active licenses and permits. Every year each business will need to fill out the renewal form, SAVE Affidavit (to verify your legal status) and the E-Verify Affidavit. These affidavits are required even if your business hasn’t had a change in number of employees. Alcohol licensees who possess a Sunday Sales license will also need to fill out the Sunday Sales Affidavit. Please note, these affidavits require notary. We provide notary services at no cost at City Hall or you are welcome to find your own. Below you will find link to our Renewal ordinance and all the necessary forms. See below FAQ #7 for description of penalties if tax remains unpaid.

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 3 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)?

All fees are calculated by the number of employees; you must also add a $25 administrative fee to all applications:

Bracket No.

No. of Employees

Tax Amount

One

0-1

$50.00

Two

2-20

$50.00 plus $35.00 per employee over 1 and under 21 employees

Three

21 and over

$715 plus $1.00 per employee over 20 employees

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

Type

Fee

Retail Wine & Beer or Other Malt Beverages

$460

Retail Liquor – Sale by Package Only

$750

Retail Liquor/Distilled Spirits – Sale by Drink Only (for consumption on premises)

$1500

Retail Liquor – Sale by Package & Drink

$2000

Sunday Sales (Food Serving Establishments; Must complete Additional Provided Affidavit)

$150

Wholesale Beer or Other Malt Beverages

$935

Wholesale Liquor

$1500

Wholesale Wine

$150

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 (Discover not accepted), Checks, Money Orders, Cashier’s Checks and Cash. **Due to Covid-19, as a courtesy and only temporarily, we are able to process the debit/credit card payments via 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 this request in writing to the Occupational Tax Clerk. Please submit your termination notice 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.

Questions

If you have any questions please contact the Occupational Tax office in the Finance Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (912) 748-7261 ext. 109. Hablamos español.

City of Pooler, GA | 100 SW US HW 80, Pooler, GA 31322
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