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Am I required to have a city and county business license?
State law requires that all businesses located within the corporate limits of the City of Chattanooga have both City, as well as a Hamilton County business licenses. Certain exceptions do allow for individuals who qulaify and pay professional privilege tax, true manufacturers, and certain disabled persons. If you have questions as to whether you or your business is exempt form obtaining a business license contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue at (615) 253-0600.

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How can I get an application for a City of Chattanooga business license?

CITY OF CHATTANOOGA BUSINESS APPLICATION FORMS PAGE

Click the link for New Business Application City of Chattanooga

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How can I apply for a Hamilton County business license?

HAMILTON COUNTY BUSINESS LICENSE PAGE

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What is the cost of a business license?
There is an initial registration fee of $15 for obtaining a business license.

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What payment types are accepted?
Payments for New Business Licenses and Permits can be made by cash, personal check, money order or credit card.

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How to renew a business license?

All businesses that currently have a standard business license, or businesses that have grossed greater than or equal to $10,000 in revenue will need to file business taxes with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Business tax returns are required to be filed and the payment remitted electronically through the TN Dept. of Revenue Tennessee Taxpayer Access Point (TNTAP) system.

TENNESSEE TAXPAYER ACCESS POINT (TNTAP) LINK

Your return is due four months and fifteen days after the close of your fiscal year. Your business license will expire five months and fifteen days after the close of your fiscal year. Businesses that have filed for an extension on their Federal Tax Return are not exempt for this business license expiration date. For questions regarding the filing of Tennessee Business Tax Returns contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue TNTAP Help Desk at (615) 253-0600 Ext. 1

TNTAP How-to Videos

All businesses that currently have a minimal activity license, and have grossed between $3,000 - $9,999.99 in revenue will renew their business licenses at both the City Of Chattanooga Treasurer’s Office and the Hamilton County Clerk’s Office.

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Where do you obtain a sales tax number?

Applications to obtain various TN Tax ID Numbers are availible either electronically through the the TNTAP system, in hard copy form linked from the TNTAP system, or in person at any of the various Tennessee Department of Revenue locations that allow walk in visits. Please find that information linked below.

TENNESSEE TAX REGISTRATION LINK

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE OFFICE LOCATIONS

For more information please contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue (615)253-0600

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What type of permits are available?
City of Chattanooga requires permits for the following...
Going out of Business
Hotel
Sidewalk Vendors (Push Carts)
Special Gathering Permits
Transcients
Adult Entertainment
Short Term Vacation Rental

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What if my business sells beer or alcohol?
Beer
 - Contact the Beer & Regulatory Board at (423) 643-5155
Liquor by the Drink - Contact the Tennessee ABC board at (423) 643-6434

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Where is the Tennessee ABC Board Located?
100 W MLK Blvd, Suite 812, Chattanooga, TN 37402

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What if I want to be on the City's wrecker list?
Contact the Wrecker Board at (423) 643-5155

City Treasurer's Office
101 East 11th Street Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37402  (map)
(423) 643-7262

Vacant, City Treasurer
E-mail:
treas@chattanooga.gov

Sharon Morris, Assistant Treasurer
E-mail:
smorris@chattanooga.gov

For inquiries regarding property taxes

423-643-7262 or email ptax@chattanooga.gov

For inquiries regarding sewer fees

Dial 311 or 423-643-6311 or email 311@chattanooga.gov

For inquiries regarding business license

423-643-7262 or email busl@chattanooga.gov

For inquiries regarding sewer fees

 

Dial 311 or 423-643-6311 or email 311@chattanooga.gov

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