Business Licenses

A business license is an annual tax for doing business within the city limits of Gallatin. Our Municipal Code requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the city even if your business is located outside the city limits or you have a business license from another city. This requirement includes home-based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and nonprofit businesses.

Standard Business Licenses

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


You must pay an initial $15 fee for each license obtained from your county clerk and your city official. The license will expire 30 days after your return is due, but will be automatically renewed after you have filed your 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 your business.
  • Contact any agencies required for your 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.
  • Solicitors will need to apply for the City's business license, and then contact the Gallatin Recorder's Office at 615-451-5893 to apply for a solicitor's permit.

Step 2

Step 3

  • Complete the application.
  • Sign and return to Gallatin City Hall with the $15 Business License Registration fee.
  • If you are operating a business from your home 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.