Business Tax & Licensing

The mission of the Business Tax and Licensing Division is to ensure all ordinances passed by the Gainesville City Council are implemented and enforced fairly and equitably through:

  • Administrative permitting and licensing
  • Code compliance investigations
  • Collections
  • Inspections
  • Regulatory procedures

If you would like more information, please contact our office.

Occupation Tax (Previously Known as Business License)

  • Administration
  • Billing
  • Collection
  • Enforcement

Alcoholic Beverages

  • Enforcement
    • Collect and maintain records on liquor, beer, wine and mixed drink excise taxes
    • Enforce alcoholic beverage code and state laws through inspections, investigations and citations
    • Excise taxes
  • Licensing
    • Administration
    • Billing
    • Collection
    • New applicant investigations

Other Regulatory Functions

Regulate, process applications, maintain records and collect fees for various functions, including:

  • Adult entertainment
  • Distribution of handbills
  • Door-to-door canvassers/solicitors
  • Going-out-of-business sales
  • House movers
  • Sidewalk cafes
  • Sidewalk sales
  • Temporary/mobile vendors

Other Licensing

Collect license fees and maintain records on:

  • City surplus sales
  • Bingo
  • Collect and maintain records on hotel/motel tax
  • Conduct sales pursuant to tax executions
  • Depository financial institutions
  • Hotel/motel tax
  • Insurance companies
  • Other duties