Doing Business in Dacula

Learn how to get your business license in the City of Dacula

Every business in the City of Dacula must apply each year for an occupational tax certificate, formerly referred to as a business license. The fee for the certificate is based on gross receipts and the tax rate for your business class:

Fee = gross receipts from previous year x the tax rate (0.0004-0.0009) + $60 administrative fee.

The maximum fee/tax for any single company is $20,000.

Certain licensed professionals (including architects, doctors, and engineers, among others) may pay a flat fee of $400 + $60 administrative fee, rather than a fee based on gross receipts.

As regulated by the State of Georgia, banks should use form PT440 to obtain their occupational tax certificate.

Obtaining a new occupational tax certificate

Occupational tax certificate forms for new businesses are available online and at Dacula City Hall. Please be aware that the only way to obtain and renew occupational tax certificates is directly through the City of Dacula. At this time, online payments are not accepted, and no outside websites should be used. Submit forms to the City of Dacula. Occupational tax Certificates will not be issued after 3:00 p.m.

New businesses as well as those that are changing names, changing ownership, or moving to a new location must obtain a new certificate of occupancy through the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal and the City of Dacula. This certificate is required before you may legally occupy your building, obtain your occupational tax certificate, and conduct business operations.

Gwinnett County Fire Marshal
To obtain a certificate of occupancy, submit an online request to the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal. A copy of this certificate must be presented to the City of Dacula in order to complete City inspections.

City of Dacula
To obtain a certificate of occupancy, submit an inspection request either online or to City Hall. A copy of the approved certificate must be on file with the City in order to begin processing the occupational tax certificate application.

The process for obtaining a certificate of occupancy usually requires about a week. It takes about two business days to process a new occupational tax certificate.

Renewing your occupational tax certificate

If you already have a City of Dacula occupational tax certificate, your certificate will expire on December 31 of the year it was issued. The City of Dacula provides a grace period until March 31 of the following year for businesses to renew their occupational tax certificate.

Please be aware: Georgia’s “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” (HB 87) requires that business license applicants and renewals be in compliance with new state immigration and identification standards. In order to be in compliance, the City of Dacula must require the affidavits and verifiable documentation that are included and identified in the application forms referenced above.

Under Georgia Law, employers must now register and utilize the FEDERAL WORK AUTHORIZATION PROGRAM in accordance with the applicable provisions and deadlines established in OCGA § 36-60-6(a). For more information please visit The City of Dacula will not issue initial licenses, certificates or renewals without a completed Private Employer Affidavit on file.