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A business license is required for any person within the unincorporated areas of the county who engages in or causes to be engaged in and/or represents himself to be engaged in any occupation or activity with the object of gain, benefit, or advantage either directly or indirectly. Any person advertising by means, including, but not limited to, signs, cards, telephone books, circulars and newspapers, that he is engaged in any business of any kind, shall be liable for the appropriate occupation tax required. This includes peddlers, solicitors, transient merchants, mobile vendors and roadside vendors.
Any individual or business must obtain a business license from the city or county in which the primary place of business would be located. A certificate of Occupancy is required for any commercial business prior to the application for license. If you have a home-based business, a written statement from landlord/owner is required that provides permission to operate in the home.
The State of Georgia requires all businesses not registered as Corporations, Limited Liability Company, Limited or General Partnership to register their trade name. All registrations and fees can be paid at the Lumpkin County Clerk of Court’s office located at:325 Riley RoadDahlonega, GA 30533
The only exception is for a sole proprietor, if the full legal name of the owner is part of the business name (example: John J. Doe Wrecker Service).
An EIN or TIN is used to identify a business entity. Consult a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Tax Attorney.
Some types of businesses will have to obtain an additional license from the federal government, while other businesses, occupations, and professions are also licensed and regulated by the State and local authorities.
A State License is a certification through the State of Georgia. Type of business that need this certification include:
Proof of certification is required to obtain a business license. For more information, visit the Georgia Secretary of State website.
State tax identification numbers are needed for any business that is selling a product, and are issued by the Georgia Department of Revenue.
You can get a copy of a recorded plat or deed for a property at the Clerk of Courts Office. Their office is located in the Judicial Center at:325 Riley RoadDahlonega, GA 30533
Their phone number is 706-864-3736.
Plats need to be reviewed and approved by the Lumpkin County Planning Department before they can be recorded in the Clerk of Courts office.
A permit is required for any person who shall erect, construct, alter, install, demolish, or move any structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.
You may obtain a building permit through the Planning Office by providing the Department with a plat of your property and a description of the work to be permitted. For new home construction, a septic permit, a recorded plat of the property, and a site plan showing driveway, septic, setbacks, and structure location needs to be provided. If you are within 200 feet of State waters, an erosion control plan will also need to be submitted.
Stream buffers are 25 feet for warm water streams and 50 feet for Primary and secondary trout waters. Contact the Lumpkin County Planning Office at 706-864-6894 to see if the stream is designated as warm water, Primary, or Secondary.
You cannot disturb inside a buffer without a buffer variance from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Contact the Lumpkin County Planning Department at 706-864-6894 prior to any disturbance within a stream buffer. Penalties could be stiff, and are enforceable locally and through the State.
Yes, all signs need to be permitted in Lumpkin County through the Planning Department.
Trash or household waste cannot be burned in Lumpkin County. Yard debris can be burned with a burn permit during certain times of the year (October 1st through April 31st) under the right weather conditions. Call 800-OK-2-BURN (800-652-2876) or visit the Georgia Forestry Commission website to get a burn permit.
Setbacks in Lumpkin County are 20 feet on side and rear property lines and 50 feet from any road or easement not located in a subdivision in the front. Inside subdivisions, the setback is 30 feet from the roads and easements.
Lumpkin County currently has a performance-based zoning referred to as the Lumpkin County Land Use Code, which is a non traditional type of zoning that regulates uses through setbacks and buffers.
There is an application and procedure for a private road to be adopted by the County. Download the Road Acceptance Application (PDF). Return your completed application to the Planning Department at:25 Short StreetDahlonega, GA 30533
Addresses are only assigned to structures, not land. An address is typically assigned during the building permit inspection process. To get an official E-911 address assigned to a structure, or if you feel there is an error in addressing, please contact the Planning Department at 706-864-6894.
Emergency responders need to be certain they are responding to the correct structure in the event of emergency. During an emergency situation, it is vital to be able to locate structures quickly when every second counts.