Business Licenses

BUSINESS LICENSES

The State of Alabama and Russell County requires that all persons, firms, or corporations that engages in or transacts any trade, business, commerce, occupation, vocation, or profession for gain or profit to pay a license fee. You may need a State License, a Russell County License, or a combination of the two depending on the nature of your business. You should obtain a business license prior to opening your business.


FEES

License fees are determined by the exact nature and type of your business. You should contact the Russell County License Department for more information. Some licenses require State Regulatory Permits in order to issue, such as auto dealers, food establishments, and air conditioning contractors.


HOW DO I GET A BUSINESS LICENSE?

For a new business or a new location of an existing business, you must contact the Russell County License Department at 334-298-7979. Be prepared to give a detailed description of the type of business you will be conducting. This will determine the types of licenses required.

>> Download Russell County Business License Application Here <<

>> Download Russell County License Packet Here <<

For the Starting a New Business Brochure provided by the Alabama Dept. of Revenue, please visit: http://www.ador.state.al.us/taxpayerassist/newbus.pdf

Description of State Licenses - www.ador.state.al.us


WHO ELSE SHOULD I CONTACT?

You should contact the city or municipality in which your business is located regarding any taxes or licenses they may require. You may also want to contact the following agencies regarding guidelines and requirements for new businesses:

State of Alabama Department of Revenue Sales Tax
www.ador.state.al.us
3300 Skyway Drive 
Auburn, AL 36830
(334) 887-9549

Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov
1285 Carmichael Way.
Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 264-2453

City of Phenix City Business Licenses
601 12th St
Phenix City, AL 36867
334-448-2739 - General Business

City of Phenix City Building Department
1119 Broad Street
Phenix City, AL 36867
334-448-2740

City of Hurtsboro City Hall
507 Railroad St.
Hurtsboro, AL 36860
(334) 667-7771

Russell County Health Department
1850 Crawford Rd.
Phenix City, AL 36867
(334) 297-0251

Russell County Mapper's & Appraisers's Business Personal Property Return
PO Box 1069; 1206 7th Avenue
Phenix City, AL 36867
(334) 297-0251

Alabama ABC Board
3350 Skyway Drive
Auburn , AL 36830
(334) 826-1137


WHAT ABOUT SALES TAX?

All persons or businesses who sell tangible property at retail, or operate machines or places of entertainment or amusement must collect sales tax and make reports and payments to Revenue Discovery Systems Formerly known as ALATAX.

P: 205.324.0088 | F: 205.423.4099


HOW DO I RENEW?

State and Russell County business licenses are valid for a fiscal year beginning October 1, and ending September 30 of the following year. You should renew your business license between October 1st and October 31st. You may receive a renewal notice in the mail. However, renewal is your responsibility; any notification is a courtesy.

Renewals can be processed by mail.


WHAT IF I MOVE MY BUSINESS?

If your business changes location, your original license may be brought to the Russell County Courthouse to change the address to the new location.

Auto dealers must contact the office for procedures to change the location of the dealership.


WHAT IF I SELL MY BUSINESS OR BUY A BUSINESS FROM SOMEONE ELSE?

State and County Business Licenses may be transferred to new owners once during a fiscal year. Transfers require the original license to be brought to the Courthouse for transfer procedures. The charge is $1.00 per section contained on the license.


WHERE DO I PURCHASE MY BUSINESS LICENSE?

Russell County Courthouse Mailing Addresses:

Judge of Probate
1000 Broad Street
Phenix City, AL 36867

Judge of Probate
P.O. Box 700
Phenix City, AL 36868

334-298-7979

Hours:
Monday-Friday (8:30 am - 4:45 pm), except holidays

Out of state companies may contact the above numbers for information to purchase a license. It will be helpful to have a valid e-mail address or fax number ready if you want the applications sent to you by these means.


INFORMATION NEEDED TO PURCHASE LICENSE:

Name of Company
Owners Name
Mailing Address
Physical Address
Local Office Phone
Home Office Phone
Federal Employee Identification Number or Social Security Number
Type / Description of Business

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