About Business Licenses

Anyone who conducts business in the City of Jackson must obtain a Business License, except for businesses that are specifically exempted by state or federal statue. Business License fees must be paid before the business opens and are renewable annually.

Applications for a Business License should be filled out, notarized and returned to the Signs and License Division located on the first floor of the Hood Building. They must have the following information:

Name(s) of the person(s) associated with the business on the application.

Proper Fee Payment. Most fees are determined by either the number of employees or the amount of the inventory.

During the process, the Zoning Division must approve and stamp the application. Required inspections will be done before the license is issued.

Required Inspections

Health Department Inspections are required for child care providers and anyone preparing or serving food. The applicant is responsible for obtaining approval of the County and/or State Health Department, and inspection verification must accompany the Business License application.

Fire Inspections are required before a license can be issued. The Signs and License Division will arrange for this inspection after applications are filed.

Police Inspections are required for certain types of businesses including those serving beer and wine, pawn brokers, and others. The Signs and License Division will arrange for these inspections after applications are filed.

Business License Fees

Businesses operated from the home of an individual must obtain a Home Occupation Permit from the Zoning Division. A Home Occupation Permit offers services to the public but has numerous restrictions:

  • No retail trade and no stock on the premises
  • No increase in traffic to and from the dwelling
  • No mechanical equipment other than that normally permitted for household purposes and no signs permitted
  • No employees except for a member of the family residing on the premises
  • No display or artificial lighting that will indicate from the exterior that the dwelling is being utilized in whole or in part for any purpose other than that of a dwelling
  • No changes to the exterior of the structure
  • A permit granted for a home occupation will be given on a yearly basis by the Zoning Administrator only during the occupancy or ownership of the person to whom it was granted

Yes, if you need to purchase a business license you can go to the first floor of the Planning Department at 200 S. President St. at Signs and Licenses. We call our business license a privilege license.

Businesses operated from the home of an individual must obtain a Home Occupation Permit from the Zoning Division. A Home Occupation Permit offers services to the public but has numerous restrictions:

No retail trade and no stock on the premises

No increase in traffic to and from the dwelling

No mechanical equipment other than that normally permitted for household purposes and no signs permitted

No employees except for a member of the family residing on the premises

No display or artificial lighting that will indicate from the exterior that the dwelling is being utilized in whole or in part for any purpose other than that of a dwelling

No changes to the exterior of the structure

A permit granted for a home occupation will be given on a yearly basis by the Zoning Administrator only during the occupancy or ownership of the person to whom it was granted.

Application for a building permit is on the second floor of the Planning Department and the fee is based on the value of your work.

Application for a fire inspection is on the second floor of the Planning Department and the fee is $25 plus additional fees for sprinkler, alarm, or any other test.

When you are ready to start a business come to the Planning Department  at 200 S. President St. to meet with a Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team (BEAT) member to walk you through the process.

For questions concerning the building or rebuilding of structures, you are strongly advised to visit the City of Jackson’s Site Plan Coordinator’s Office at 200 President Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 2nd Floor or call 601-960-2253.

Amusement Machines (per machine)
$45.00

Autos for Hire (per vehicle)
$15.00

Auto Vacuum Machines
$10.00

Beer License (Retail)
$15.00

Beer License (Wholesale)
$50.00

Cigarette Dealer (Wholesale)
$50.00

Cigarette Vending Machines
$2.50

Dance Hall Permit
$225.00

Dealer in Deadly Weapons
$100.00

Domino Parlor Permit (per table)
$8.00

Hobby Horse Machines (per machine)
$18.00

Massage Parlor Permit
$175.00

Merchandise (Snack Machines)
$2.50

Music Machines (per machine)
$27.00

Pawn Broker
$250.00

Postage Stamp Machines
$2.00

Soft Drink Machines
$10.00

Travel Agency
$200.00

Travel Agent
$50.00

Transient Vendor
$250.00

Weighting Machine
$2.00

0-3: $20.00

4-10: $30.00

Over 10: $30.00 plus $3.00 for each employee over 10 up to a maximum of $150.00

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