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CITY OF CHATTANOOGA BUSINESS LICENSING

 
The City of Chattanooga is permitted to collect a tax on the privilege of conducting a business in the corporate city limits.  This is based upon the rules and regulations established by T.C.A. 67-4-7 et seq.
 
A business license does not permit operation unless properly zoned and/ or in compliance with all other applicable state, county, or city laws, rules and regulations. Also, as required by T.C.A 39-17-1801 et seq., businesses must comply with all provisions of the Tennessee Non-Smoker Protection Act.
 
Additional permits may be required as set forth by the City of Chattanooga Code of Ordiances.


View the Tennessee Code Annotated

View the Tennessee Department of Revenue Business Tax Guide

View the Tennessee Department of Revenue Franchise & Excise Tax Guide

View the Tennessee Department of Revenue Sales and Use Tax Guide

View the City of Chattanooga Code of Ordinances

View the City of Chattanooga Business Information Guide

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*IMPORTANT NOTICE AS OF MAY 29TH 2018

Business licenses will no longer be mailed out when they are renewed. Renewed business license copies will now be electronically sent to a taxpayer’s TNTAP account via the message portal 24 hours after the city of Chattanooga receives record of tax clearance from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. For questions on using your TNTAP account call (615) 253-0600 Ext. 1.

Business licenses are available to be mailed or emailed to the record of contact by request only. Upon making your request, please provide the required tax id # that the taxes were filed under to verify that you are an authorized agent of the business. This would be a SSN (Social Security Number) or ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) for all Sole Proprietors and or Marital Joint ownerships, and would be an FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number) for all Estates, Trusts, Partnerships, LLC’s, and or Corporations. A business license will only be provided when the information given matches that which is currently on record.

In addition, physical address, mailing address, and contact changes will no longer be submitted through the City Treasurer’s Office. You are required to promptly notify the Tennessee Department of Revenue of any changes to business address or contact personnel. All this information can be entered directly into a taxpayer’s Tennessee Taxpayer Access Point (TNTAP) business tax profile. In the event of a the sale of a business please contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue to determine what necessary documentation that needs to be provided in order to satisfy the needs of the state. To contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue about this type of inquiry please call (615) 253-0600 Ext 4.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding,
The City of Chattanooga Treasury Office

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Business License Applications can either be mailed or brought in person to the Office of the City Treasurer located inside City Hall. Business License Applications sent via email will not be processed. The initial Business License registration fee is $15. Thank you for your cooperation, and understanding.

Please Make Payments To:

City of Chattanooga
Office of the City Treasurer
101 E 11th Street, Room 100
Chattanooga, TN  37402-4285
Phone number: (423) 643-7262

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New Business Information

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Business License Renewal Information

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Personal Property Tax Information

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Information on Closing Your Business

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Tennessee Department of Revenue Contact Information

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Tennessee Department of Revenue Office Locations

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Short Term Vacation Rental Permit Information

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Short Term Vacation Rental Occupancy Tax Information

City Treasurer's Office
101 East 11th Street Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37402  (map)
(423) 643-7262

Tim Maddox, City Treasurer
E-mail:
tmaddox@chattanooga.gov

Sharon Morris, Assistant Treasurer
E-mail:
smorris@chattanooga.gov

For inquiries regarding property taxes

423-643-7262 or email ptax@chattanooga.gov

For inquiries regarding sewer fees

Dial 311 or 423-643-6311 or email 311@chattanooga.gov

For inquiries regarding business license

423-643-7262 or email busl@chattanooga.gov

For inquiries regarding sewer fees

 

Dial 311 or 423-643-6311 or email 311@chattanooga.gov

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