Business License Information

This page includes basic information for acquiring a business license for the unincorporated area of Effingham County. Anyone conducting a business is required to obtain an Occupational Tax Certificate; Home Occupation or Commercial Property as defined in Sec. 70-36 of the Effingham County Code of ordinances.

The documents required for a new or renewal of an occupation tax certificate are located in the right hand column. We have also included the link for the Codes of Effingham County.

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The fee for renewal of an occupational tax certificate is based upon number of employees as listed in the table.
A new occupational tax certificate includes a $30.00 administrative fee.
Number of Employees
0 - 9
10 - 19
20 - 29
30 - 39
40 - 49
50 or more

Alcohol License Requirements

All persons desiring to obtain an alcohol license shall make a written application (PDF) and submit the completed form to the Development Services office. Upon application completion, said person shall submit to a background check performed by the Effingham County Sheriff's office. The Zoning Administrator will then inspect the site for compliance as provided by the Effingham County Ordinances. If approved, a sign shall be posted on said property from thirty (30) days of the approved application date. A legal notification shall also run in the local paper once for one week.

For further detailed information, refer to Chapter 6 - Alcoholic Beverages of the Effingham County Code of Ordinances.