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.
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.
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 www.ador.state.al.us 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
City of Huntsville www.huntsvilleal.gov 308 Fountain Cir Huntsville AL 35801
256-427-5082 - General Business
256-427-5331 - Contractors/Inspection/Zoning
City of Madison County 100 Hughes Rd Madison AL 35758 256-772-5654 - Business 256-772-5600 - Inspection
City of Owens Cross Roads P O Box 158 (Old 431 Hwy) Owens Cross Roads AL 35763 256-725-4163
City of New Hope P O Box 519 (Main Dr) 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
Madison County Inspection Department 255 Shields Road Huntsville, AL 35811 256-746-2950
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.
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