businesses operating in the City of Savannah must obtain specific local
permits and licenses that are dependent on the type of business
activity. The City of Savannah’s Revenue Department can advise you about
the appropriate permits and licenses you may need to start your
business. Here are a few of the basic requirements, but it is your
responsibility as the business owner to ensure you have obtained
everything required to operate your business in the city.
Restaurant: Must obtain a “Food Service Permit” from the Chatham County Health Department.
Professional Licenses: Certain professional services are licensed by the Georgia Secretary of State. Such services include: Barbers, Cosmetology, Child Care Services, Pharmacy, Architects & Interior Designers, and General & Residential Contractors.
Alcohol License: Businesses electing to sell alcoholic beverages must obtain an alcohol business sale license through the City of Savannah’s Revenue Department, Business & Alcohol Regulations Division. Revenue Department
Building & Construction Permits: The City of Savannah Development Services Department provides a central location for information on development plan review, permitting, and inspections.
Development Services Department
Ph. (912) 651-6510
Economic Development Department
Ph. (912) 651-3653
Fire Marshal Office
Ph. (912) 644-5960
Ph. (912) 651-6425
Ph. (912) 651-6450
Savannah Entrepreneurial Center Ph. (912) 652-3582
Water & Sewer Planning & Engineering