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Am I required to have a City and or County business license?

Engaging in any vocation, occupation, business, or business activity listed in Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 67-4-708(1) – (5) is a taxable privilege subject to a state business tax. Engaging in any vocation, occupation, business, or business activity listed in Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 67-4-708(1) – (4) is a taxable privilege subject to a municipal business tax that may be levied by ordinance of the municipal governing body. Having a substantial nexus in this state and engaging in this state in any vocation, occupation, business, or business activity listed in Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 67-4-708(1) – (4) without establishing a physical location is a taxable privilege subject to a state business tax, but is not subject to a municipal business tax. [Tenn. Code Ann. § 67-4-717]

 View the Tennessee Code Annotated

Thus any businesses located within the corporate limits of the City of Chattanooga must have both a City, as well as a Hamilton County business licenses. If you have questions as to whether you or your business is exempt from obtaining a business tax license contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue at (615) 253-0600 Ext. 6

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How can I get an application for a City of Chattanooga business license?

CITY OF CHATTANOOGA BUSINESS APPLICATION FORMS PAGE

Click the link for New Business Application City of Chattanooga

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How can I apply for a Hamilton County business license?

HAMILTON COUNTY BUSINESS LICENSE PAGE

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What is the cost of a business license?
There is an initial registration fee of $15 for obtaining a business license.

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What payment types are accepted?
Payments for New Business Licenses and Permits can be made by cash, personal check, money order or credit card.

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How to renew a business license?

*Renewal notices are not sent out. As the business owner you are responsible for renewing your business license each year.

If you have a Standard Business License
All businesses that currently have a standard business license, or businesses that have grossed greater than or equal to $10,000 from the sales of goods and services will need to file business taxes with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Business tax returns are required to be filed and the payment remitted electronically through the TN Dept. of Revenue Tennessee Taxpayer Access Point (TNTAP) system. The minimum tax for taxpayers in Classifications 1 through 4 is $22 per Business License. Business tax returns are due four months and fifteen days after the end of your fiscal year end date. Business licenses expire five months and fifteen days after the end of your fiscal year end date. Businesses that have filed for an extension on their Federal Income Taxes are not excused from the expiration of their business license. For general questions regarding business tax call (615) 253-0600 Ext. 4. For questions regarding the TNTAP system, call (615) 253-0600 Ext 1.

TENNESSEE TAXPAYER ACCESS POINT (TNTAP) LINK

TNTAP HOW-TO VIDEOS

If you have a Minimal Activity License
All businesses that currently have a minimal activity license, and have grossed between $3,000 - $9,999.99 in revenue will renew their business licenses locally with both the City of Chattanooga Treasurer’s Office and the Hamilton County Clerk’s Office. Minimal Activity Licenses expire five months and fifteen days after the end of your fiscal year end date. For questions please call the respective Offices. For the City Of Chattanooga Treasury call (423) 643-7262, for the Hamilton County Clerk call (423) 209-6500.

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How will I receive my renewed copy of my business license?

Renewed business license copies will 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. As of May 29th 2018 this is the primary method for which renewed business licenses will be sent. For help on using your TNTAP account to access your renewed license 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 Sole Proprietors and Marital Joint Ownerships, and would be an EIN (Employer Identification Number) for all Estates, Trusts, Partnerships, LLC’s, and Corporations. A business license will only be provided if the information given matches what is on record. Requests can be made electronically to busl@chattanooga.gov or by calling the City of Chattanooga Treasurer’s Office at (423) 643-7262.

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Where do you obtain a sales tax number?

Applications to obtain various TN Tax ID Numbers are availible either electronically through the the TNTAP system, in hard copy form linked from the TNTAP system, or in person at any of the various Tennessee Department of Revenue locations that allow walk in visits. Please find that information linked below.

TENNESSEE TAX REGISTRATION LINK

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE OFFICE LOCATIONS

For more information please contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue (615)253-0600

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What type of permits are available?

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. It is the responsibility of the owners, officers, partners, or members of a business to keep up with the latest changes and updates to the City of Chattanooga Code of Ordinances and to all Tennessee Law Changes. For information on specialty permitting please contact the City of Chattanooga Zoning Department at (423) 643-5902 & refer to the City of Chattanooga Code of Ordinances. Listed below is a non-comprehensive list of specialty permits.

CITY OF CHATTANOOGA CODE OF ORDINANCES

TENNESSEE STATE BUSINESS LICENSING & PERMITTING

BUSINESS LICENSE AND PERMIT FORMS PAGE

Going out of Business Permit- (423) 643-7262
Hotel Permit- (423) 643-7262
Mobile Food Truck- (423) 643-7262
Sidewalk Vendor (Push Cart) Permit- (423) 643-7262
Transient Vendor Permit- (423) 643-7262
Adult Entertainment- Individual- (423) 643-7262
Adult Entertainment- Business- (423) 643-7262
Short Term Vacation Rental- (423) 643-5800
Liquor by the Drink- (423) 634-6434
Special Gathering Permit- (423) 643-5155
Beer Permit- (423) 643-5155
Taxi Permit- (423) 643-5155
Wrecker Permit- (423) 643-5155
Manufacturer of Intoxicants- (423) 643-5155
Liquor Store- (423) 643-8250
Wine in Grocery Store- (423) 643-8250

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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