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The City of Chattanooga is permitted to collect a tax on the privilege of conducting a business in the corporate city limits.  This is based upon the rules and regulations established by T.C.A. 67-4-7 et seq.
A business license does not permit operation unless properly zoned and/ or in compliance with all other applicable state, county, or city laws, rules and regulations. Also, as required by T.C.A 39-17-1801 et seq., businesses must comply with all provisions of the Tennessee Non-Smoker Protection Act.
Additional permits may be required as set forth by the City of Chattanooga Code of Ordiances. It is the responsibility of the owners, officer’s partners, or members of a business to keep up with law changes.

Business License Application

Business License Applications are now processed online by clicking on Business License.  The initial Business License registration fee is $15.  You can pay mail your payment at the address below or online, note a convenience fee will be added to your payment.    The City will no longer be processing paper applications.

For mail in payments, please make payments to:

City of Chattanooga
Office of the City Treasurer
101 E 11th Street, Room 100
Chattanooga, TN  37402-4285
Phone number: (423) 643-7262

*All businesses required to have a City of Chattanooga Business must also have a Hamilton County Business License. For information on obtaining a Hamilton County Business license please call (423) 209-6500.


Business Resource and Links

View the Tennessee Code Annotated

View the Tennessee Department of Revenue Business Tax Guide

View the Tennessee Department of Revenue Franchise & Excise Tax Guide

View the Tennessee Department of Revenue Sales and Use Tax Guide

View the City of Chattanooga Code of Ordinances


View Information on Personal Property Tax

View Information on Closing your Business

View Information on Obtaining a Short Term Vacation Rental Permit


Tennessee Department of Revenue Contact Information


Where is the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Located?

 Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Office Locations

City Treasurer's Office
101 East 11th Street Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37402  (map)
(423) 643-7262

Jamie Zurkiya, MBA, CMFO
City Treasurer
(423) 643-7262

For inquiries regarding property taxes

423-643-7262 or email

For inquiries regarding business license

423-643-7262 or email

For inquiries regarding Tax Freeze and Relief Programs

423-643-7274 or email

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