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.

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