Business License FAQs
Am I required to have a city and county business license?
State law requires that all businesses inside the City of Chattanooga have both city and county business licenses with exceptions for professionals, manufacturers, and certain disabled persons. City Business Applicatons are available. For information on obtaining a Hamilton County business license call (423) 209-6500.
What is the cost of a business license?
A business owner is assessed an initial license fee of $15.
How to renew a business license?
Business licenses are renewed with the State of Tennessee.
Where do you obtain a sales tax number?
Tennessee Department of Revenue
540 McCallie Avenue Suite 350
Chattanooga, TN 37402
How can I get an application for business license?
For your convenience the Business Tax License Application is available for download and/or printing.
What type of permits are available?
City of Chattanooga requires permits for the following...
Going out of Business
Sidewalk Vendors (Push Carts)
Special Gathering Permits
What if my business sells beer or alcohol?
Beer - Contact Beer Board at 423-643-5156
Liquor by the Drink - Contact TN ABC board at 423-643-6434
What if I want to be on the City's wrecker list?
Contact Wrecker Board at 423-643-5156
What payment types are accepted?
Payments for NEW Business Licenses and Permits can be made by cash, personal check, money order or credit card.
City Treasurer's Office
101 East 11th Street Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37402 (map)
Gayle Keown, City Treasurer
Sharon Morris, Assistant Treasurer
For inquiries regarding property taxes
For inquiries regarding business license