We are excited that you are considering the City of Pooler as the future home for your business! The Business Registration Department’s goal is to provide friendly and professional services to all of City of Pooler’s business owners. The Business Registration Department is responsible for all Occupational Tax Certifications (Business Licenses), Alcohol Licensing, and other special permits.
Beginning January 12, 2022 all new Alcoholic Beverage applications will need to be submitted online via the Georgia Department of Revenue website. Once the initial online application is submitted please call the Occupational Tax Specialist to provide notification of your submitted application. Please follow the instructions on the application to perform your background check and fingerprints. If fingerprinting services are unavailable please contact us. All required forms need to be filled out, notarized and returned to City Hall with payment. All applications will be reviewed by Building & Zoning, Police Chief, and final approval will be given by the Mayor and Council at a scheduled Council meeting which will require the applicant’s attendance. Please use the link below to access the website:
Alcoholic Beverage License application:
Alcoholic Beverage License.pdf
Link to City Ordinance for Mixed Drink Excise Tax –
Liquor (Distilled Spirits) By the Drink Excise Tax Return.pdf
A business license with the City of Pooler will be required if an out of state business does not have a licensed location in the State of Georgia and they will have one or more employees or agents who exert substantial efforts within the jurisdiction of the city for the purpose of soliciting business or serving customers/clients. This also includes anyone who owns personal or real property which generates income and which is located within the jurisdiction of the City.
General Business Application
This application must be received in our office at least 30 days before your scheduled event. This permit is issued to individuals, companies, or organizations, including non-profits, hosting an event that will serve alcohol at an establishment, business, or location in the City that does not currently hold a valid alcoholic beverage license. These temporary/special event permits will only be issued for events being held on Mondays through Saturdays and are prohibited on Sundays. Permits will be issued for a maximum of two days at the rate of $100 per day. Companies and organizations, including non-profits, are also required to obtain a State Special Event permit through the Georgia Department of Revenue website before the event. Per state law, companies and organizations that obtain the local and state license will be required to purchase alcohol directly from wholesalers and NOT from local liquor stores. Please note that this state law does not apply to individuals hosting private events (i.e. weddings, birthdays, etc.), but a local license will still be required.Temp Special Event Permit Dispensing Alcohol.pdf
***NO DOOR TO DOOR SOLICITATION PERMITS ARE BEING ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***
All persons, firms or corporations that want to engage in the business of soliciting in the City of Pooler must first obtain a permit in accordance with the provisions contained in Article VII of the Code of Ordinances, see link below. This applies to door-to-door solicitations for commercial transactions for profit only. In no event shall a permit be valid for more than 30 days. All applications have a checklist on the first page, please review this carefully and make sure that you submit all the required documentation to the Occupational Tax Clerk. A permit will be issued after it has been reviewed and approved by appropriate personnel.
Link to Ordinance for Door to Door Sales Permit:
The Occupation tax (Business License) fees shall be payable January 1 of each year. All renewal applications will be sent out between October and November of the previous year for all active licenses and permits. Every year each business will need to fill out the renewal form completely. Below you will find link to our Renewal ordinance and all the necessary forms. See below FAQ #7 for description of penalties if tax remains unpaid.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSES
The Alcoholic Beverage License renewal for 2023 is now open. Below you will find the links to the required forms to process your renewal. Due to the changes made to our ordinance, which became effective November 15th, 2021, this year and going forward ALL Alcoholic Beverage licenses must be paid in full by December 13th to avoid a 25% penalty. After this date, businesses will only have until December 31st, to pay their renewal fees with penalties. However, if it remains unpaid by January 1st ALL alcohol sales MUST stop and a new application must be submitted with a new background check and all procedures for new applications will be required. NO alcoholic beverage sales will be allowed during this new reapplication process until the Mayor and Council have approved the licensee again during a regularly scheduled council meeting.
|ANNUAL OCCUPATIONAL TAX (BUSINESS LICENSE) FEES||(Prorated rates are for New Applications ONLY)|
|# of Employees||Tax Rate with $25 Admin Fee||Tax Rate after July 1st with $25 Admin Fee|
|21 or more||$740 plus $1.00 per employee||$382.50 plus $1.00 per employee|
|INSURANCE COMPANIES||$100.00 ANNUAL FEE||not prorated|
If you have any questions please contact the Business Registration office in the Finance Department call (912) 748-7261 ext. 109. Hablamos español.
City of Pooler, GA | 100 SW US HW 80, Pooler, GA 31322
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