Welcome to Madison!
We are thrilled to welcome your business to our community. Below you will find a checklist of the
necessary requirements to obtain an Occupation Tax Certificate, sometimes
referred to as a Business License, for the City of Madison.
Commonly referred to as a business license, an Occupation Tax Certificate is issued upon the registration of a business and payment of the established fee.
An occupation tax certificate:
- shall be displayed by the business owner in a conspicuous place within the business premises at all times
- expires on December 31 of the year the certificate is issued
- is not transferable
A change of ownership shall be considered in the same light as the termination of a business and the establishment of a new business. Therefore, a new owner must apply for a new occupational tax certificate.
A change in address shall be cause for a business to follow the same procedures as a new business. Please check the zoning prior to signing a new lease or occupying new space, as the location may be one where the business may not be allowed.
Occupation Tax Certificate Checklist
Zoning: Contact Mollie
Bogle, City Planner, to confirm zoning for proposed location. It is best practice to speak with zoning
before signing a lease or purchasing property for your business. Mollie can be reached at 706-342-1251 x 224
or by email
No occupation tax certificate will be issued without consent from the
Fire Marshal, Gene Porter. He will need
to inspect the proposed location to ensure that it is up to code. Gene can be
reached at 706-342-1251 x 212 or by email
Occupation Tax Certificate: Download the following forms and
return them to Ashley Hawk, City Clerk, at City Hall. Please note that the E-Verify affidavit and
SAVE affidavit require a notary. Additionally, the SAVE affidavit needs to be
returned with one form of state issued ID listed on the affidavit.
Occupational Tax Certificate Application
Private Employer Affidavit
If you are a applying for a home occupation certificate, print the Home Occupation Ordinance and initial each page to confirm it has been read.