Licenses and 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.

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
  • Massage Business and Services
  • Mobile Home (Permits and Decals)
  • Signs
  • Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
  • Solid Waste
  • Land Subdivision
  • Timber Cutting and Harvesting
  • Utility Accommodations on Rights-of -Way
  • Wireless Telecommunications

For new construction, you will be required to obtain an electrical permit from the Dade County Commission Office (706-657-4625) and, in most cases, a septic system permit from the Dade County Health Department (706-657-6181). State permits concerning environmental issues may be obtained from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (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 here.

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.

Thank you for your interest in Dade County. We hope that you will find our County to be a great place to live and work. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.