Licenses & Permits

Every person engaged in any business, trade, profession or occupation in the unincorporated areas of Dade County must apply each year for an occupational tax certificate, commonly referred to as a business license. The fee for the certificate is based on the number of employees and calculated using a tax rate adopted by the county commissioners.

Statutes & Regulations

There may be specific local, state, or federal statutes and regulations that also apply to your particular project, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Animal Inoculation
  • County Road Acceptance
  • Distribution of Controlled Substances
  • Driveway Pipe Installation
  • Electrical Inspection
  • Emergency 911 Address (Private / County Roads)
  • Flood Damage Prevention
  • Health and Sanitation
  • Land Subdivision
  • Massage Business and Services
  • Mobile Home (Permits and Decals)
  • Signs
  • Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
  • Solid Waste
  • Timber Cutting and Harvesting
  • Utility Accommodations on Rights-of -Way
  • Wireless Telecommunications

Permits

For new construction, you will be required to obtain:

  • Electrical Permit:
    Dade County Commission Office
    Phone: 706-657-4625
  • Septic System Permit (in most cases):
    Dade County Health Department
    Phone: 706-657-6181
  • State Permits (concerning environmental issues):
    Georgia Environmental Protection Division
    Phone: 770-387-4912

For all other State license questions, contact the Georgia Secretary of State's Administrative Offices of the Professional Licensing Boards by phone at 478-207-1300 or by fax at 877-588-0446 or online.

Notice

This notice is intended to give general information only concerning permits currently required in Dade County and should not be relied upon for legal advice as to the applicability of any county, state, or federal statute or regulation to your project. Additionally, nothing in this notice is intended to restrict the County from adopting new or different ordinances or regulations in the future.

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