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The State of Alabama and Madison County require all persons, firms, or corporations that engage in or transact any trade, business, commerce, occupation, vocation, or profession for gain or profit to pay a license fee. You may need a State License, a Madison County License, or a combination of the two depending on the nature of your business. You should obtain a business license prior to opening your business.

FEES
License fees are determined by the exact nature and type of your business. You should contact the Madison County License Department for more information. Some licenses require State Regulatory Permits in order to issue, such as auto dealers, food establishments, and air conditioning contractors.

HOW DO I GET A BUSINESS LICENSE?
For a new business or a new location of an existing business, you must contact the Madison County License Department at 256-532-3323, 3314, or 3553. Be prepared to give a detailed description of the type of business you will be conducting. This will determine the types of licenses required.

Description of State Licenses 

WHO ELSE SHOULD I CONTACT?

You should contact the city or municipality in which your business is located regarding any taxes or licenses they may require. You may also want to contact the following agencies regarding guidelines and requirements for new businesses:

State of Alabama Department of Revenue Sales Tax
4920 Corporate Drive, Suite H
Huntsville AL 35806
256-837-2319

Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov
5123 Research Drive
Huntsville AL 35805
256-829-5500

Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County
225 Church Street NW
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-535-2000

City of Huntsville
308 Fountain Cir
Huntsville AL 35801
256-427-5082 - General Business
256-427-5331 - Contractors/Inspection/Zoning

City of Madison
100 Hughes Rd
Madison AL 35758
256-772-5654 - Business
256-772-5600 - Inspection

City of Owens Cross Roads
P O Box 158
Owens Cross Roads AL 35763
256-725-4163

City of New Hope
P O Box 419
New Hope AL 35760
256-723-2616

City of Gurley
P O Box 128
235 Walker St
Gurley AL 35748
256-776-3313

City of Triana
640 6th St
Triana AL 35758
256-772-0253

Better Business Bureau
210 Exchange Place
Huntsville AL 35806
256-721-4222

Madison County Health Department
301 Max Luther
Huntsville AL 35811
256-539-3711 Ext 1

Alabama ABC Board
Field Office
202-B Exchange Place
Huntsville Al 35806
256-726-0401

 

WHAT ABOUT SALES TAX?

All persons or businesses who sell tangible property at retail, or operate machines or places of entertainment or amusement must collect sales tax and make reports and payments to the Madison County Sales Tax Office.

 

HOW DO I RENEW?

State and Madison County business licenses are valid for a fiscal year beginning October 1, and ending September 30 of the following year. You should renew your business license between October 1st and October 31st. You may receive a renewal notice in the mail. However, renewal is your responsibility; any notification is a courtesy.

Renewals can be processed by mail. There is a $2 mail fee included.  You may also renew online here.

 

WHAT IF I MOVE MY BUSINESS?

If your business changes location, your original license may be brought to the Madison County Courthouse to change the address to the new location.  Auto dealers must contact the office for procedures to change the location of the dealership.

WHAT IF I SELL MY BUSINESS OR BUY A BUSINESS FROM SOMEONE ELSE?

State and County Business Licenses may be transferred to new owners. Transfer required the original license and Bill of Sale be brought to the Courthouse for transfer procedures. NOTE: Business license issued to professionals (doctors, engineers, accountants, manicurist, etc) are NOT transferable.

WHERE DO I PURCHASE MY BUSINESS LICENSE?

Madison County Courthouse
100 North Side Square Rm 108
Huntsville AL 35801-4820
256-532-3323, 3314, 3553

Hours: Monday-Friday (8:30 am - 5 pm), except holidays

Out of state companies may contact the above numbers for information to purchase a license.

INFORMATION NEEDED TO PURCHASE LICENSE:

Name of Company
Owners Name
Billing Address
Physical Address
Local Office Phone
Home Office Phone
Federal Employee Identification Number or Social Security Number
Type of Business

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