Business Services

HOW TO OBTAIN A BUSINESS LICENSE OR A MINIMAL ACTIVITY LICENSE

When applying for a business tax license or a minimal activity license, you must provide the following:
– Business name, business address, business telephone number
– Owner’s name(s), home address, home telephone number, social security number
– Copy of owner(s) driver’s license
– Signature of each owner

The “Application for Business Tax License or Minimal Activity License” is available for download and/or printing.

Businesses located within the Nashville city limits (Urban Service District – USD) must remit $30 for a business license or minimal activity license.  Businesses located in the county only (General Service District – GSD) must remit $15 for a business license or a minimal activity license.

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.

A minimal activity license is required for businesses with gross receipts between $3,000 to $9,999 during their fiscal year.  Businesses obtaining a minimal activity license must renew their license on an annual basis; no annual report of gross receipts is required.

TRANSIENT VENDOR LICENSE

A person/business selling or offering to sell new merchandise to the public on temporary premises and does not have a permanent, fixed location in Tennessee where the business is conducted is considered a transient vendor. A transient vendor can be both a Tennessee resident or an out of Tennessee resident. Prior to the event date, a transient vendor is required to obtain a 14-day permit from this office to conduct business in this county and/or city. If the permit expires prior to the scheduled ending date, then a new permit must be obtained for an additional 14 days. If the temporary site is located in the Urban Services District (USD), then the permit fee is $112.00. If located in the General Services District (GSD), the permit fee is $57.00. For additional information please contact (615) 862-6254 extension 77150.

Application for Transient Vendor License

Examples of businesses requiring a transient vendor license are: Convention show booth tenants where products are sold; seminars where products are sold; out of state parades or special event participants.

OTHER LICENSES & PERMITS ISSUED BY THIS DEPARTMENT:

Pawnbroker License – For additional information please call (615) 862-6254 extension 77150.
Sidewalk Encroachment Permit – For additional information please call (615) 862-6254.