Opening A New Business

Orientation and Preparation

The decision to start a business can be life changing. The Georgia Small Business Development Center Network has resources to help you determine the legal structure your business should take, apply for a tax identification number, register with the Secretary of State, as well as information on permits and licenses.

Legal Requirements

The Georgia Secretary of State provides prospective business owners with a central point of information and contacts for state regulatory requirements for operating a small business. The center can help prospective business owners determine what licenses and permits must be obtained and maintained in their line of business.

Occupational Tax Certificate / Business License

Every business needs an Occupational Tax Certificate also referred to as a business licenses in Sandy Springs. To avoid penalty fees, they should be applied for within 30 days of opening the business.

They are obtained through the City Revenue Department at City Hall.
The Revenue Department is open from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Email: revenue@sandyspringsga.gov
Phone: 770-206-2075

Background Checks

You can obtain a criminal history report (State of Georgia) or background check through the Sandy Springs Police Department (7840 Roswell Road, Building 301). There is a $31.00 fee and a state issued I.D. or passport is required.  All major credit cards, Money Orders or cash are accepted. 

New Businesses 

This is a current listing of recently opened businesses in the City of Sandy Springs.

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City Event

Sandy Springs Farmers Market

Saturday, April 17
The Sandy Springs Farmers Market opened April 17 and will run through November 20, 2021. Each week, a unique selection of vendors set up shop providing an open-air opportunity to purchase fresh produce and artisan foods.
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Community Event

Pickleball Open House and Workshops

Saturday, July 24
Want to get in on the country's fastest growing sport? Learn more at the Pickleball Open House at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center on July 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to noon. Still interested? Register for one of the workshops that week.
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Recreational Program

Dragonflies and Butterflies

Sunday, July 25
Learn more about these beautiful insects as we study butterflies and dragonflies at this Wild Explorers program. After wandering through to look at the summer blooms, participants will make a craft to take home.
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