Washington is a great city in which to own and operate a business. Our business-friendly outlook provides a framework for local and national businesses to thrive. There are a few things to consider when getting started.
There are several permits you may need to get your business up and running in Washington. If you have any questions, city staff can help you by calling 706-678-3277.
Business licenses are issued at Washington City Hall. All operating businesses are required to hold a current license from the City of Washington. Licenses must be renewed on an annual basis. Contact Yoshe Jenkins for more information.
Downtown businesses are required to obtain a sign permit before installing new building, window, or accessory signs. Contact Yoshe Jenkins or Jimmy Toto for review and approval. Any exterior change to a building within the city's Historic District requires a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the Washington Historic Preservation Commission. Exterior changes include the installation of new awnings, exterior painting, or any exterior facade changes. Contact Yoshe Jenkins for a COA application. It is advised that anyone obtaining a COA also check with the city building official, Jimmy Toto, to determine if a building permit is needed as well.
You must have a local Pour License to sell or distribute alcohol in the City of Washington. Contact Jimmy Toto to first determine your establishment's eligibility to serve alcoholic beverages. Then contact Yoshe Jenkins for the next step in the process.
Contact Fire Chief C.J. Gilland for more information.
The City of Washington provides water, electricity, and sewer service for the city. To begin service, complete the appropriate application and submit it to the utility staff at Washington City Hall, 102 E. Liberty Street.
A Health Permit is required for food services only. Contact the Health Inspector Johnny Wasson at 706-421-6890.