General Business License Information
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:
- General Licenses: Delinquent after February 15
- Alcoholic Beverages: Delinquent after January 15
- Insurance Companies: Delinquent after March 1
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:
- For newly constructed or remodeled business locations, a Certificate of Occupancy(CO) is required.
- If a business is preparing food, a health permit is required. This is issued by the Lee County Health Department.
- Businesses operating from a residence require a Home Occupation Permit that can be issued by the City of Opelika Planning Department.
- Licenses are non-transferable. A new license is required if more than 50 percent change of ownership occurs or a new Federal Identification Number is obtained.
- Businesses licenses must be publicly displayed in the business establishment for which it was issued. Each license is only valid for one specific location.
- Call the Revenue Department at 334.705.5160 for business license fees.
- If your business is based inside your residence and you are inside the city limits,you are required to secure a Certificate of Home Occupancy.
- Call the Planning Department for more information at 334.705.5156.
Contract Work License
- Plumbing and electrical contractors are required to purchase a surety bond prior to starting a contract.
- When applying for a business license, plumbing and electrical contractors,heating/air conditioning contractors, landscapers, refrigeration and gas fitters, and exterminators must present a State of Alabama license certificate or card.
- Contractors and subs working on a project where no permit is required must pay a fee of one-fourth of one percent when the license is due.
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:
- Come to the Revenue Department at 204 South Seventh Street on the main floor of City Hall.
- Explain the nature of your business to one of the Revenue Department employees who will tell you what type license is needed.
- Fill out an application. You may download an application from this site and fill in as much information as you can before visiting the Revenue Department.
- Pay cash, credit card, debit card or make your check payable to CITY OF OPELIKA. The price of the license varies depending on the type of license required and includes a $10.00 issuance fee.
- A license certificate will be issued to you at that time.
- There are no decals required for your vehicle.