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Obtaining Licensing and Permitting

Allicensing.jpgl businesses operating in the City of Savannah must obtain specific local permits and licenses that are dependent on the type of business activity. The City of Savannah’s Revenue Department can advise you about the appropriate permits and licenses you may need to start your business. Here are a few of the basic requirements, but it is your responsibility as the business owner to ensure you have obtained everything required to operate your business in the city.

Restaurant: Must obtain a “Food Service Permit” from the Chatham County Health Department

Professional Licenses: Certain professional services are licensed by the Georgia Secretary of State. Such services include: Barbers, Cosmetology, Child Care Services, Pharmacy, Architects & Interior Designers, and General & Residential Contractors. 

Alcohol License: Businesses electing to sell alcoholic beverages must obtain an alcohol business sale license through the City of Savannah’s Revenue Department, Business & Alcohol Regulations Division. Revenue Department


Building & Construction Permits: The City of Savannah Development Services Department provides a central location for information on development plan review, permitting, and inspections. 

Contact Us

Development Services Department

Ph. (912) 651-6510

Economic Development Department

Ph. (912) 651-3653

Fire Marshal Office

Ph. (912) 644-5960

Purchasing Department

Ph. (912) 651-6425

Revenue Department

Ph. (912) 651-6450

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center
Ph. (912) 652-3582

Water & Sewer Planning & Engineering

(912) 651-6573