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General Business License Information

Prior to commencing business in the City of Opelika, any company or individual conducting business must obtain a City of Opelika business license and complete a Business Registration form. All business licenses expire December 31 of each calendar year and must be renewed on an annual basis as long as the business is operating. Renewals are due January 1 of each calendar year and are considered delinquent after February 15 of the same calendar year. A business will be assessed delinquent charges on unpaid licenses.

License Renewal Due Dates: 
All license renewals become due annually on January 1, and become delinquent as follows:

Penalties: The penalty for late payment of business licenses is 10 percent of the amount of tax due, plus an additional five percent for each additional 30-day period of delinquency.


All businesses are categorized, and each category has a rate used to determine the amount of the license fee. Most are based on previous year gross receipts. Renewal fees vary based on the type of business conducted. Some additional items may apply depending on the category of business:


Home-Based License

Contract Work License


All Other and New Businesses

For new businesses wishing to locate inside the city limits the plan review process must be initiated at the City of Opelika Revenue Department, located at 204 South 7th Street (first floor of City Hall) in downtown Opelika.

Once the plan review has been approved, the Revenue Department will contact the business owner to purchase the business license.

If you conduct business inside the city limits, but do not have an office or physical presence, the steps to obtaining a license are as follows:

Business License Renewal Fee Calculation Sheet