Information for Businesses

Licenses, Permits, & Fees


Each year on January 1, every person engaged in any business, trade, profession or occupation, whether for profit, not-for-profit or charitable, in the county, shall register such business, trade, profession or occupation and, except for exemptions and exclusions, shall pay an occupation registration fee for such business, trade, profession or occupation. The registration fee, renewable every January 1, is $35.00 per year. More information may be obtained by contacting the Planning and Development Office, 117 Putnam Drive, Suite B, Eatonton, GA, (706) 485-2776. In the case of establishments that serve alcoholic beverages or furnish rooms, lodging or accommodations, please also contact the County Clerk’s Office, 117 Putnam Drive, Suite A, Eatonton, GA, (706) 485-5826.



Retail Package Sale of Malt Beverages

Retail Package Sale of Wine



Retail Consumption on Premises of Malt Beverages and/or Wine

Retail Consumption on Premises of Distilled Spirits



Retail Package Sale of Distilled Spirits   $2,400
Fingerprint submission   $45


LODGING or SHORT TERM VACATION RENTALS  (specifically any operation of rooms, lodgings or accommodations regularly furnished for value)

House Bill 465 (passed by both the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate and signed by Governor Deal) authorizes the governing authority of Putnam County, Putnam County Board of Commissioners, to levy an excise tax at a rate not to exceed 8 percent of the charge for furnishing for value to the public of any room or rooms, lodgings, or accommodations by any person or legal entity licensed by, or required to pay business or occupation taxes to, the county for operating a hotel, motel, inn, lodge, tourist camp, tourist cabin, campground, or any other place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly or periodically furnished for value.

Annual Permit (per establishment)   $25.00



Printed Page   $.10
Administrative Fee   hourly rate of the lowest full-time employee with the necessary skill and training to respond to the request, with no charge for the first 15 minutes
Copy on CD   $.50
* If costs are estimated to exceed $25, notification will be provided within 3 business days
* Advance payment is required if costs will exceed $500



Click HERE for schedule of fees


See “Frequently Used Documents” or “How Do I…” page for alcohol, lodging, and open records forms.