Economic & Business Development

Abundant opportunities await you and your business in Clarkston. Offering a strategic location within metro Atlanta with proximity to 2-and-4-year educational institutions, favorable tax rates and a trained/trainable, diverse workforce, Clarkston is an ideal place for business growth and development.

Whether you're just starting out, selecting the best site, applying for permits or training a workforce, the City of Clarkston has access to resources that can help businesses of various types and sizes.

Starting a Business

Business License

  • Complete the Business License Pre-Application form and schedule a consultation with Planning & Development to determine if the area in which you’re looking to establish your business is properly zoned.
  • Complete Application for Business License and submit in-person at City Hall
  • Inspections are conducted by the City Building Official (Certificate of Occupancy & Fire Safety Inspections) and City Quality of Life Officer prior to issuing a business license and/or certificate of occupancy.  

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Request

The City of Clarkston wants to help you celebrate the opening of your new business, location, or expansion/renovation with a ribbon cutting that attracts local media, community officials, and prospective customers. We can assist with date and time selection, local official invitations, and post-event social media activity.

For a  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony request, complete the following request form and email Economic Development Coordinator Dineta O'Hara at Policy and guidelines are included in form request. 


All work, with the exception of painting and carpeting, will require additional permits.  The most frequently requested permits are building, heating/cooling (HVAC), plumbing and electrical.

FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) permits are required for restaurants and other hospitality-oriented businesses where a hood and grease trap is to be used.  DeKalb County directly administers this process through the Department of Watershed Management.  DeKalb County Watershed FOG Info page



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