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Business Changes

Community Development COVID-19 Limited Operations Notice
COVID-19 Agency Update

Community Development Lobbies are now open to the public with limited occupancy. Customers are encouraged to continue using all online services, saving time, lines, and gas.  

Please note: we are not accepting cash payments until further notice. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and contactless payments through android pay, apple pay, and others. Visitors are highly advised to wear masks and must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from other visitors and County employees.

All front-facing divisions are following special procedures explained in this article. 

Unregulated Businesses

Change of Ownership

Certificates are void if the ownership has changed. Occupation Tax Certificates are not transferable.

Change of Ownership Process: complete within 10 days of the ownership change

  1. Complete the Application Packet for your business type
    1. Mark  "Change of Ownership" on this packet
  2. Provide change of ownership  documentation (i.e. bill of sale, purchase agreement)
  3. Pay the mandatory $50.00 change of ownership fee

In addition to this application packet, applicants must provide:

  •  One secure and verifiable document, (i.e. driver's license or passport)
  • Immigration documents, if applicable
  • A copy of the Georgia Secretary of State Certificate for Corporation or LLC, if applicable
  • A copy of any State license, if applicable

Change of Business Name

Certificates are void if the name has changed. You must notify us in writing.

View/Download the Change Form.

There is a $10.00 charge to change the business name. If the corporate name is changed by amendment or merger, the applicant must provide a new certificate from the Secretary of State.

Change of Business Location or Business Activity

Certificates are void if the location has changed. You must submit a change form in person to the Business License Office at 1150 Powder Springs Street, Suite 400, Marietta, GA 30064. There is a $10.00 charge to change the business address.

Obtain a Cobb County Certificate of Occupancy as required by State law and / or local ordinance for the commercial business address listed on the application. Every new business, tenant, or building is required to have a Certificate of Occupancy.  This certificate indicates that the building or tenant meets the minimum adopted building and fire codes.  Please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (770) 528-8310 if you have any questions regarding a Certificate of Occupancy.
This does NOT apply to residential businesses/customary home occupations.

View/Download the Change Form. Change of business location and/or activity require zoning approval.

Change of Business Mailing Address

You must notify us in writing. Please submit a change form to the Business License Office at:

1150 Powder Springs Street, Suite 400
Marietta, GA 30064


P.O. Box 649
Marietta, GA 30061

Closing of Business

Businesses that are no longer in operation in unincorporated Cobb County must notify the Cobb County Business License Division in writing.

Failure to renew a license does not cancel the license/certificate. We do not accept verbal notifications.

Change of Business Structure

If a business changes from Sole Proprietor to LLC, INC-to-LLC, etc. you must contact the Business License Division and inform them of the structure change.

There is a $50 charge for change of business structure. If the corporate name changes due to a merger or amendment, the charge is $10. A copy of the new certificate from the Secretary of State is required.

For a corporate name change, View/Download the Change Form.