Starting A Business


Every business operating within the city limits of Perry must have a current City of Perry business license. Applications are received and processed online or at our Business License Office located on the first floor of City Hall, 1211 Washington St Perry, GA 31069.

Before applying, please review our code at Perry City Code of Ordinances and Starting a New Business

Notice: All ad valorem taxes owed the City of Perry must be paid prior to the issuance or renewal of an occupational tax certificate.

General Business Licenses

Most businesses will need to complete an application for a General Business License. Also, the applicant must complete notarized affidavits (Affidavit Verifying Status and Private Employer Affidavit), Home-Based Business Acknowledgement Form (for businesses operating at a residential location) and provide copies of appropriate identification. License fees are based on the number of employees. Payment can be made by cash, check, or debit/credit.

Please submit the application, affidavits, forms, identification, and payment in-person or by mail.

Any business selling or distributing alcohol within the city limits of Perry must obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License before engaging in the sale or Distribution. After completing the Alcoholic Beverage application and related items on the checklist, please contact Elizabeth Nelson, Tax & License Specialist at 478-988-2740, to schedule an appointment.

Upon submission of the alcoholic beverage application, the applicant, owners, and agent will undergo a background check by the Houston County Sheriff’s Department. All new Alcoholic Beverage License applications are reviewed by the City Manager, Mayor, and Council on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Upon approval, a copy of the alcoholic beverage licenses may be obtained from the Business License Office. No alcohol may be sold or manufactured until the state license is obtained and the original city license is released.

Transient Vendor/Temporary Business Licenses are required for temporary businesses. These licenses require the prior written consent of the real property owner.

Please submit the application, affidavits, forms, identification, and payment in-person or by mail.

Mobile Retail Food Establishment Licenses are required for businesses operating a mobile food truck.

Please submit the application, affidavits, forms, identification, and payment in-person or by mail.

Coin Operated Machine License Licenses are required for any business that offers non-cash redemption coin-operated amusement machines.

Please submit the application, affidavits, forms, identification, and payment in-person or by mail.

Vehicles for Hire License are required for any business that offers transportation to persons within or outside the city.

Please submit the application, affidavits, forms, identification, and payment in-person or by mail.

Fruit/Vegetable Stand Business Licenses are required for anyone who displays harvested but unprocessed agricultural or forestry products with the purpose of selling to the general public. These licenses require the prior written consent of the real property owner.

Please submit the application, affidavits, forms, identification, and payment in-person or by mail.

Mail application, affidavits, forms, identification and payment to:
City of Perry
Tax & License Specialist
PO Box 2030
Perry, GA 31069

You may also bring your documents in person to our office located at:
City Hall, First Floor
1211 Washington St
Perry, GA 31069

Contact the Planning & Zoning Department/ Building Permits Department at 478-988-2720 for information regarding zoning/variance requirements, sign permits, parking issues, and to schedule inspections.

Contact the Fire Department at 478-988-2759 for information regarding building fire code requirements. Inspections are scheduled through the Business License Division at 478-988-2740.

Contact the City of Perry Business License Office at 478-988-2740 for information regarding alcohol permits.

**Click HERE to submit electronic business license renewals, make payments, and track the status.**