Business License Department

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my business is allowed at a certain location?

To check the zoning and use for a property located in unincorporated Forsyth County please visit Property Information. Additional permits or review may be required before the business license may be issued.

What other types of licenses or permits does business license issue?

The department issues business licenses, alcohol licenses, special alcohol event permits, employee alcohol permits, pawnbroker and pawnshop licenses, non-traditional tobacco and vape e-cigarette licenses, door to door solicitor permits and short term rental licenses.

What is the process if business is moving?

We recommend that you check the property zoning and that the use is permissible at the intended location.  Please use property information tools to search the new address. A location change application will be required, an administrative fee will apply.

Why is my application under review?

If the use needs to be reviewed by additional departments, if additional permits are required, or if there is a change of use (i.e., retail to dance studio, dojo, medical office, assembly use, etc.) additional building plans / permits may be required.

How can I look up a business to see if they have a license?

Please visit our CSS portal to look up a business in Forsyth County.

How do I know what my business location is zoned?

You may check zoning of any property by using the GIS Viewer.  Please click here for property information tools.

What is the difference between a residential vs. commercial business license?

A residential business is a business that is operated from your home, an applicant must adhere to the rules of the professional home office (rules located in Occupational Tax Ordinance or Unified Development Code). A commercial business is a business that is operated in at a commercially zoned address in unincorporated Forsyth County.

Where do I file a complaint about a business?

The Code Compliance Department handles complaints regarding businesses located in unincorporated Forsyth County, 678-513-5893.

About the Business License Department

The Business License Department is here to provide information and guidance in acquiring a license. The department can assist customers with Business licensing, Alcohol licensing, Alcohol permitting, Door to Door Solicitation permits, Pawnbroker and Pawn Shop licensing, Short Term Rental licensing, and Non-Traditional Tobacco / Vape E-Cigarette licensing.

County Ordinances

To start a business in Forsyth County, you will need to obtain a Business Tax Certificate (business license). Additional permits or licenses may be required, depending on the type of business you plan to operate and/or the business location.

Before applying, each business shall receive approval from the Department of Planning & Community Development, to ensure your business location is in the proper zoning for your type of business.  Click here for property information tools.


Business License Department

110 E. Main St.,
Suite 130
Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 455-9888


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