Licensing & Certifications

Sole Proprietorships, Microenterprises, Professional Offices and Businesses of any size will need to obtain a business license to lawfully operate within the city of Savannah. This process/license is called a Business Tax Certificate. For many businesses such as, restaurants and care homes, there will be additional local and/or state regulations impacting the business tax certificate process.

The information below provides the starting points for various licensing and certifications provided by City departments. Information on next steps, if there are any, will be provided by the Responsible Department.

Process Activity
Responsible Department
Business Tax CertificateRevenue Department
Alcoholic Beverage
Revenue Department
Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) CertificationEconomic Development
Entrepreneurial Center
Sidewalk Café/Street Performers
Special Events, Film & Tourism