Starting A New Business

Welcome to the City of Hapeville, Georgia!

Thank you for considering the City of Hapeville as your new home for your future business. This page contains information that will help guide you in obtaining licenses, permits, receipts and certificates from the City of Hapeville. Please do not start your business until you have completed all the steps necessary for your licenses, etc. Many businesses will require several steps in this process, while others may not.

Complete the Occupational Tax Certificate Application (PDF) to verify that your potential business location is found properly zoned for the type of business you wish to open. All applications, including Home Occupation businesses, will be referred to the City Planner for zoning compliance review. After the application is reviewed and approved for zoning, the applicant will need to schedule an appointment with our Code Enforcement Officer and Fire Marshal for life safety and property maintenance inspections. They will inform you of all the remaining necessary steps that must be taken before your application can be processed for payment. If the business is a restaurant, you must obtain a Food Service Permit from Fulton County Environmental Health prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy and business license.

Once an application Checklist form has been completed, the application is then turned in to City Hall for payment processing. You will then be sent a bill for your tax permit. Once payment has been received in City Hall, you will then be issued your Occupational Tax Certificate. Following the steps outlined above will help to eliminate future problems with licensing and zoning.

We look forward to working with you as you begin your new business!