Business Licenses

A Business License is an annual tax for doing business within the Gallatin City limits. Our Municipal Code requires that a business obtain a license when it conducts any business activity within the city limits. A business doing work within the city limits is required to obtain a business license if it is located outside when the total revenue exceeds $50,000 annually. This requirement includes home-based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and nonprofit businesses.

Standard Business Licenses

If the business is located in Tennessee and subject to the business tax (i.e., your taxable sales are $10,000 or more), they must obtain a standard business license from the County Clerk before conducting business. If the business is located in a city that imposes the business tax, you must also obtain a license from your City Clerk. If the business has multiple locations, it must have standard business licenses for each location. The licenses must be displayed and are nontransferable.


There is an initial $15 fee for each license obtained from the County Clerk and the City Clerk. The license will expire 30 days after the return is due, but will be automatically renewed after the business has filed a return and remitted the tax due to the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Steps to Obtaining a Business License

Step 1

  • Determine what type of permits are needed for the business.
  • Contact any agencies required for the business before filling out the Business License Application (i.e., State Board of Equalization for your Seller's Permit, Health Department if handling food, City of Gallatin Planning Department if business is run out of home, Alcoholic Beverage Control if selling alcohol, Planning Department for zoning, signing, home occupation, Public Works Department for issues involving utilities, Fire Department for clearance for fire codes, or Police Department for security issues.)

Step 2

Step 3

  • Complete the Planning/Zoning and Codes Department Information Form.
  • Complete the Business License Application.
  • Sign and return to Gallatin City Hall with the $15 Business License Application fee.
  • If you are operating a business, it is recommended that you come to City Hall as your application will have to go through the Planning and Building Codes Departments.


Businesses obtaining a business license must report their gross receipts to the Tennessee Department of Revenue on an annual basis. Business Tax is administered and collected by the Tennessee Department of Revenue.