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Duluth GA

Occupational Tax

 The City of Duluth welcomes your business to our community. Every business in the City must apply for an Occupational Tax Certificate and renew it annually.


Prior to submitting an application, please verify that the physical address of your business is within Duluth City limits.  For verification, please review the City of Duluth STREET LISTING  provided on the City’s website, or contact the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 770-476-1790 to have your location confirmed.  You only need one occupational tax certificate for Georgia to conduct business; if you are within city limits, you do NOT need to get a certificate from Gwinnett County.

If you are applying for a NEW business, you must receive Business Zoning Verification prior to submitting an Occupational Tax application.

Business Zoning Verification (commercial)
Business Zoning Verification (home-based)

Annual licenses expire on January 30th of each year, and are considered on-time if renewed no later than April 30th.  

Renewal letters for 2018 Occupational Tax Certificates will be mailed by December 30, 2017.  PENALTIES WILL BE ADDED ON MAY 1ST.  Fillable forms will be available once again for the 2018 renewal season. To help you navigate the forms, use your mouse to hover over a field for tips on what type of information to fill in. Once complete, the forms need to be printed, signed and notarized prior to submission.  Should you encounter any difficulties, please email us at occtax@duluthga.net.


2017 Occupational Tax Renewal Forms (General/Home Business and Professional Business)

2017 Exempt Occupational Tax Renewal Forms  (Church, Non-Profit)


Step 1:
We are happy to provide you with an OCCUPATIONAL TAX - BUSINESS REGULATION PACK
to provide important licensing information and assist you with filling out your application.

Step 2:
If your new business is at a commercial site, please fill out the COMMERCIAL BASED BUSINESS APPLICATION

If your new business is in a residence, please fill out the HOME-BASED BUSINESS APPLICATION.


If your business is EXEMPT from paying City of Duluth Occupational Taxes due to "non-profit" status,  or if your business is conducted in another jurisdiction in Georgia where a majority of your income is derived, please fill out the Exemption Application.

Step 3:
The OCCUPATIONAL TAX CALCULATION WORKSHEET (in Excel) will calculate your tax amount due. The maximum amount due for any business is $12,500 plus the admin fee.

Please contact our Occupational Tax Officer at 770-476-3434 or occtax@duluthga.net for any questions you may have.

Step 4:
Review your application prior to submission.Checklist for submitting Occupational Tax Applications.

Other important information
Business Information Change/Update Request
Emergency Contact Form 
City of Duluth Sign Regulations
Business Description Table/NAICS Codes

Waste Services:
Duluth has an “EXCLUSIVE” contract for commercial waste services with Republic Services.  They can be reached at

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce offers Small Business Seminars for the success of your business. 


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