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The following is a general overview of Georgia’s regulatory picture. This is meant to be a guide only. Review the regulations that will apply to your business and consult your professional for more information.

Local Requirements

Business Licenses
A business license may be required for your business. Contact the city business licensing department that the business is located in. If located outside the city limits, contact Mitchell County Building & Zoning to inquire about a license. Georgia does not have a state business license, but professional licenses are required.

  • Within Camilla City Limits (229) 336-2220
  • Within Pelham City Limits (229) 294-7900
  • Within Baconton City Limits (229) 787-5511
  • Within Sale City City Limits (229) 336-7885
  • All other locations in Mitchell County (229) 336-2060

Planning & Inspection Guidelines
Zoning - The local zoning department can provide information on the zoning of your property and assist you with complying with the ordinance.

Building Permits - All building permit requirements are set locally. Contact the local permitting office for the building code requirements, Certificate of Occupancy, and information on other local licenses as required.

  • Within Camilla City Limits (229) 336-2220
  • Within Pelham City Limits (229) 294-7900
  • Within Baconton City Limits (229) 787-5511
  • Within Sale City City Limits (229) 336-7885
  • All other locations in Mitchell County (229) 336-2060

    o Mitchell County Zoning Brochure
    o Mitchell Couny Zoning Application
    o Mitchell County Subdivision Information

Health Department Regulations
Contact the Mitchell County Health Department for rules and regulations (229) 336-2055

Health Websites:

Clerk of Superior Court

Real Estate Transactions

  • Real Estate purchases - Record warranty deeds, real estate transfer tax and recording fees
  • Real Estate purchase (if financed) - Record warranty deed and security deed (mortgage), pay real estate transfer tax, recording fees, and intangibles tax on security deed
  • Contact: (229) 336-2022

Comply with Tax Requirements

All businesses must comply with city, county, and school district tax requirements. For more information contact:
Mitchell County Tax Assessors office (229) 336-2005
Mitchell County Tax Commissioner office (229) 336-2010

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State Requirements

Notify creditors when purchasing an established business
If an established business is to be purchased, its creditors must be notified beforehand according to a timetable spelled out in Georgia Code, Chapter 109 A-6.

Georgia Department of Agriculture
Businesses must comply with state required standards from the Georgia Department of Agriculture for:

State Fire Marshal

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Obtain license and regulations for radiation control, outside building noise, clinical laboratories, hospitals and nursing homes from the Georgia Department of Human Resources.

Georgia Department of Labor

Georgia Motor Vehicle Commission
Determine regulations concerning motorized vehicle manufacturers (new cars, heavy equipment, motorcycles, farm implements.) Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

  • Air Quality Control Act and Regulations. Obtain construction and operating permits if operation may result in air pollution. Contact Environmental Protection Division (EPD) - Air Protection Branch
    Air Protection Regulations
  • Water Supply Quality Control Act, Water Quality Control Act, Groundwater Use Act and regulations. Obtain permits for sewage treatment system construction or modification, industrial waste treatment, sewage and waste discharge into waterways, water supply systems, underground water withdrawal and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. (EPA has delegated authority to issue NPDES permits to the state). Contact EPD.
  • Landfills, solid waste collection and disposal systems, hazardous waste systems. Submit plan and obtain permit to operate. Contact EPD.
  • Online guide from EPD: Includes downloadable EPD forms and technical regulatory information from the Environmental Protection Division.
  • Georgia Surface Mining Act and regulations. Obtain permit for any surface mining activity. Contact Land Reclamation section
  • Commercial Fishing, live bait dealers, commercial breeders, commercial fish hatcheries, fishing lakes operated for a fee, wholesale fur companies. Contact Game and Fish Division.

Georgia Public Service Commission
Comply with regulations for pipelines, underground gas storage facilities, carriers who transport petroleum products.

Georgia Department of Revenue

Georgia Secretary of State
Register company trade name, trademarks, service marks, form a single proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership or corporation. File online, Secretary of State website

Georgia Workers Compensation Board
State Workers Compensation. Firms with three or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance with a licensed insurance company or qualify as a self insurer.

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Federal Requirements

US Army Corps of Engineers
Obtain licenses and regulations for water transportation, and for river facility construction

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Equal Employment Opportunity Act. Comply with Regulations.

US Internal Revenue Service
Obtain a businessman’s kit, custom prepared for any company from the nearest US Internal Revenue Service Office (Albany, Georgia 229-430-8401). Kit contains data and forms for: employer identification number, income (business and employee withholding), social security, federal unemployment insurance and other federal taxes. Online tax information for businesses

US Department of Labor, OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Act. Comply with Regulations

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