In an effort to align our requirements with Georgia State regulations, we will begin requiring applications for Special Event Permits five days in advance of any event for which you are catering.

We understand that this is a new requirement and we pride ourselves on the service that we provide. We will accept applications for any event scheduled before April 21st in the usual manner.

If you have an event on April 21st, you will be required to apply no later than April 17th. Any event after April 21st, will require the application to be completed 5 days before the event. Additionally, please be aware, as we continue to work closely with the Department of Revenue, that there may be additional changes that will be communicated at a later date.

Licensing Overview

As of October 1, 2020, the Macon-Bibb Tax Commissioner’s Office assumed the responsibilities for the processing of initial and renewal applications for alcohol licenses. BusinessDevelopment Services continued processing new business licenses through December 31, 2020. As of January 1, 2021, the Tax Commissioner’s Office will be responsible for alcohol, business and privilege licensing, completing the transfer of all duties from BDS to this office. The Tax Commissioner is pleased to announce the implementation of an electronic application that will streamline the process for business owners. While this initial cycle will entail collecting data from all license holders, to ensure accuracy, subsequent renewal cycles will be less cumbersome as license holders will merely access their data previously entered to complete renewals, provided there have been no changes.

Telephone number: 478-621-6500

Email address:

Online Applications

Should you wish to apply for initial license or renewal, please consider our online option. As Covid-19 cases continue to be of concern, this option will allow you to submit your documents and fees while limiting physical interaction. Online applications are available for the following:

  • Initial and Renewals for Alcohol Handler
  • Initial and Renewals for General Business License
  • Initial Privilege License (Online renewals coming soon)
  • Initial Alcohol Manufacturers and Distributors

Please note that all online applications require the uploading of a supplemental packet and supporting documents. Please click on the appropriate supplement packet and print for completion and upload before beginning the online process. To begin the online application process, please visit

If you wish to apply for an Initial Alcohol Beverage (Retail Only) please see the following:

Due to a legislative change by the Georgia General Assembly, all entities applying for an alcohol beverage license for Consumed On Premises Packaged to Go, or Special Events, MUST submit an initial application through the Georgia Tax Center by visiting starting January 12, 2022. Once you complete the submission through the State’s website, please visit:

From this page, you will access both our local online portal as well as the supplement packet for submission.

Local Application Portal:
If you have not created a user ID and password for this portal, please do so.
We will not process your local license until we receive confirmation that you have applied via the State’s ALP. Once you apply there, your application will enter into our ALP queue and we will verify that you have submitted your application through our local portal. Your application will go through the local approval process and, once we receive a final approval, we will upload your license in the ALP so the State can move forward with its processing. If your application is denied, we will enter that information in the ALP.

Supplemental Packets
Alcohol Beverage Supplemental Packet
Please upload these documents, once completed, through the online portal for Macon-Bibb at:
Please do not submit this in the State’s ALP as this will be a duplication of efforts. We will review these documents through our local portal.

Fee Schedule
The fee schedule is provide on our website at: Fee Schedule

Form Applications

Printable Supplemental Packets for On-line Applications

Printable Applications for Mail-In Submission

* Should you wish to drop off your application in person, you may do so Tuesdays through Friday only. Please ensure that your application is complete with the supporting documents to avoid delays. We will process your application in the order in which it is received and mail you a copy of the license once issued.

At this juncture, the following applications are ONLY available for mail-in or in-person submission. Please print, complete and submit. We are working on an online option for all applications and will provide updates on the websites once additional applications become available.

Fingerprinting Process

Please be advised that the vendor for submitting fingerprints is changing on April 29th. Please make note of this time table:

  • April 21st- Last day for current vendor (Thales) to accept hard copy print cards (out-of-state applicants)
  • April 25th- Last day for applicant registrations (Applicants can register through the 25th at 3 PM EST)
  • April 27th- Last day for agencies to approve applicants for printing (Approvals can only be granted upon submission of a complete application.)
  • April 28th- Last day for current vendor to submit prints. (Any open registrations will be cancelled and applicants will need to contact Thales for a refund.)
  • April 28th- Thales system goes down at 11:59 pm
  • April 29th- New vendor (Fieldprint) system goes live for registrations
Please see the following for information on the new system: Reviewing Agency ID: GA923133Z
Refunds will be issued to those applicants who have registered but have not completed their prints by April 28th.
Please contact 1.888.439.2512 if you fall into this category.


May I submit an initial or renewal application for my general business license at the Tax Commissioner’s Office?

Applications for business and privilege licenses will be processed through the Tax Commissioner’s Office after January 1, 2021. Applications may be submitted online or by paper.

How do I submit an initial alcohol application for Consumed-On-Premises, Packaged-to-Go and Special Events?

As of January 12, 2022, you MUST initiate your application through the Georgia Tax Center at Alcohol & Tobacco | Georgia Department of Revenue. Please see additional instructions for the local license attached here:
Instructions for Local License
Instructions for Renewal of Local License

What is a S.A.V.E. Affidavit and why must I complete it?

This affidavit is a legal requirement that requires information regarding citizenship or proof of lawful presence. A Secure and Verifiable Document (SVDS) must be submitted with the completed and notarized affidavit. More on SVDS

What are the fees associated with alcohol licenses?

Fee Schedules

What are the different types of alcohol license designations?

Please see the definitions included in the Code of Ordinances.

Alcohol Code

What is the contact information for the agencies from which I may need additional documentation?

  • Macon-Bibb County Engineer’s Office
    780 Third Street,
    Macon, GA 31201

  • Macon Telegraph
    487 Cherry Street,
    Macon, GA 31201

  • Code Enforcement Department Office
    (478) 803-0470

If my application is denied, am I entitled to a refund?

Application fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Who do I call to schedule an appointment to have an inspection done on my security camera system?

Please call the Macon-Bibb County Sheriff’s Outreach Section at 478-803-2710.

I understand there are limitations to hours of operation for Vice Marts and Food Marts. What are they?

These types of entities are required to be closed from 11:00 pm until 6 am. Please see the Ordinance addressing this in its entirety linked here: Ordinance for Vice Marts and Food Marts