New Businesses
All  business wishing to operate within Butts County, including the City of Jackson and City of Jenkinsburg, must be examined for zoning designation compliance by the Community Development Department.  The Zoning Compliance letter will be forwarded to the Occupational Tax-Business License Division, upon approval of allowed use of property.  A successful completion of this step will allow an applicant to acquire an “Occupational Tax – Business License application.

Zoning Pre-Clearance Application
Click here to download a Zoning Pre-Clearance Application.  Please submit, in-person, the completed application to the Board of Commissioner’s Office located at 625 W. Third Street, Suite 4, Jackson, GA.  Each applicant will be required to show proof all taxes are paid or current before services can be rendered.  This information can be obtained from the local Tax Commissioner’s Office.  The Zoning Pre Clearance Application fee is $25.00.

Occupational Tax – Business License / License Renewals
Any person conducting business, via sales or services which originate and operate within Butts County is required to obtain a Business License and pay an Occupational Tax.  It is the responsibility of the business owner to maintain a current and active Business License and Occupational Tax Certificate.

Business Commencement Application Packet
Click here to download the Business Commencement Application Packet.   Submit, in-person, the completed application to the Board of Commissioner’s Office along with proof from the local Tax Commissioner’s Office verifying  all taxes are paid or current.   All fees will be due when the application is turned in.  Please refer to  the application for the business license fee chart.

Download and/or print permit


**Permits Are Not Required for the Following:

  • Cosmetic clean-up work
  • Cosmetic painting, wall, floor, interior and exterior repairs
  • Fences not over 6 feet high
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall