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.
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.