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 must obtain a Business Location Verification Decision Letter, to ensure your business location is in the proper zoning for your type of business. Click here to begin the verification process.
Business License Renewal period begins December 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024.