Businesses operating in the City of Savannah are required to have a business tax certificate instead of a business license. The business tax certificate is required by Article Y, Business Tax, of the current City of Savannah, Georgia Revenue Ordinance. A business tax certificate is the document issued by the City’s Business and Alcohol Regulations Unit to a business, occupation, home occupation, or profession as evidence that the business tax has been paid for the calendar year or the remaining portion of the year in the case of a new business. The business tax must be paid on or before January 31st and expires on December 31st of the year of issuance. However, a business may continue to operate on its previous year’s expired certificate until the due date for renewal.