Anyone opening a business with gross annual sales sales in excess of $3,000 must acquire a business license from the county clerk within 20 days of commencing business activity. A simple form and payment of a minimum tax of $15 plus $5 recording fee completes the requirement.
New business owners should also contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue. A sales tax permit is required in most instances.
Business employing any individuals must also obtain a federal withholding number.
A new business owner should also check to see if any other state or federal permits are required in the area of business activity, such as federal firearms license, state cosmetology license, realtor's license etc.
Apply for your business license online
Starting and operating a small business is hard enough as it is without the inconvenience of multiple trips to a local government office for paperwork. That's one reason Washington County Clerk Kathy Storey is working to make it easier for small businesses to work with her office through on-line services.
Need to apply for a business license? There's no need to drive to a county office and wait in line (though we'd love to see you). Just click here to apply online. When you're directed to the fillable application site, click on the small calendar icon, select a date, then simply fill out the on-line form and click submit
Download the form
Simply click on the PDF link below to download a copy of the business license form.