Welcome to the City of Douglas Business License Division!  The City of Douglas requires that all businesses operating within the city obtain a Privilege License (sales tax) or a Business License (services and regulated businesses). Additionally, businesses located inside the city limits, including home-occupations, must obtain zoning clearance for their business license(s). Effective October 1, 2010, the City began collecting and administering its own sales tax.

Business License Application Procedures

Businesses cannot open until license has been issued; failure to comply may result in fines.

  • Acquire Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN).  This can be either your social security number or your employer identification number (EIN).  EIN can be obtained via the IRS website:

  • Complete business license application; obtain clearance from Planning and Zoning Inspector. 

    ****Remember to check with planning and zoning before you set up signage or make any business alterations.  Any business opening in the historic district may have additional painting and signage requirements.

  • Application will be reviewed and building classification determined for the occupancy certificate.

  • Application will be returned to the Finance Department for routing to Public Works for a right-of-way review and a review for cross-connections.  Public Works has two (2) days to complete the inspection.

  • Application is returned to Finance Department for routing to the Fire Department Prevention and Compliance Division (If Applicable).  Fire Department will have five (5) days to complete the inspection.

  • Once the application passes the final inspection and approval of all applicable codes and standards and if all conditions have been met, a business license will be issued after payment of fees

    Application $20.00
    Transaction Privilege Tax License $5.00
    Business License $75.00/ year, up to 3 employees
    Additional Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Employees $20.00
    Change of Business Name $10.00
    Change of Location $25.00

    * Other charges may apply depending on type of business