Any individual, partnership, corporation or entity which engages in any activity with the object of gain, profit, benefit or advantage in the city limits of Kennesaw is considered to be engaged in business and must obtain a Business License/Occupational Tax Certificate for each location in the city limits of Kennesaw prior to starting business. Applications can be found by clicking here

New businesses must apply for an occupation tax certificate prior to beginning operations. An existing company must renew its certificate and pay taxes each year, no later than March 31.  Occupation tax certificates are issued by the Business License Office Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All other services provided by the office are available until 6 p.m. You may fax your completed application to 770-429-4559. You will be notified of the fee and any additional documentation required.

The deadline for occupational tax certificate renewals is March 31 of each year. All payments received after that date will be assessed a 10% payment penalty and 1.5% interest per month. Please contact  the Business License office at 770-424-8274 if your business closed in a prior year.


Even though you may have already filed an application for your business license which is required prior to conducting your business in the City, you may need to contact other departments in the City for certain services. May we suggest the following for assistance with City Services: 

Planning & Zoning Department
Home Occupation Affidavits: Home Occupation Affidavits must be approved by the Zoning Department prior to issuance of a business license for all home based businesses. Call - 770-590-8268.
Sign Permits: If you are in Downtown Kennesaw, signs and structural changes must be approved by the Zoning Department prior to construction work being done in addition to other possible requirements from the City of Kennesaw. For information on this subject, please contact Darryl Simmons at 770-429-4554. 

Building Services Department
For building construction, repairs, permits, air conditioning and heating inspection, building inspection, plumbing inspection, electrical inspection or building permits, contact Jammie Newsome at 770-429-4554. Any monies owed to the City for license fees, permit fees, utilities and taxes must be paid prior to any licenses or permits being released or the conduct of any work in the City being done. 
New construction or renovation done prior to a business occupying a new facility or building shall meet all code requirements for permits and licenses. Further, a Certificate of Occupancy and a Business License must be issued prior to the business beginning operation. To summarize, each business shall be in compliance with all aspects of the City of Kennesaw Code prior to beginning operation in the City. 

Below is a list of additional services that may be required to conduct business in the City. 


Water & Sewer

Cobb County Water System



City of Kennesaw Utility Department



Cobb EMC


 Other Government Offices

Cobb & Douglas Public Health (Pre-Packaged Food Sales)

770-514-2300 (Restaurants)

Georgia Department of Agriculture (Food service permits or restaurant assistance)


City of Kennesaw Police Department Records Division (Alcohol pouring permits and/or fingerprints)


Cobb County Personal Property Division


Cobb County Fire Marshall

770- 528-8310

Cobb County Superior Court (Trade Name Registration)


Department of Human Resources (Licensing of child and adult daycare centers)


Alcohol License Approved Workshops

 All new business license applicants and existing licensees shall attend an alcohol sales and service workshop for owners and anagers on a workshop approved by the Business License Manager. 

Evendi, Inc.

770-988-9970 or 770-640-8862

Health Communications Inc. – TIPS

800-438-8477 ext. 336

Training Institute for Responsible Vendors, Inc.

404-531-9237 or 800-382-7675


  • Classes at Smith-Gilbert Gardens offer gardening pointers to adults & kids.

  • Kennesaws proud heritage is honored and remembered on the grounds of the City Cemetery.

  • Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will get you moving toward improved fitness and health.

  • Morning dog walking is invigorating and enjoyable at Swift-Cantrell Park.

  • City officials and business owners cut the ribbon to showcase a new opening.

  • Police officers start the recruiting process early.

  • Shop at our Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods & other items from May-October.

  • Mayor Mathews invites future community leaders to participate in City Council meetings.

  • The Police Honor Guard is specially trained to represent the department at formal functions.

  • The Civil War era comes to life at the Southern Museum and in annual battle re-enactments.

  • The annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival features a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned contest.

  • Gather your paints brushes or camera and get inspired at Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated staff provide first-rate support of the citys trails, parks and facilities.

  • Hundreds of volunteers maintain the beautiful flora at the 16 acre Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

  • The Citys two community parks offer families hours of recreation and relaxation.

  • Children celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree in the Garden at Swift-Cantrell Park.

  • Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park offers a bird-eye view of the city and surrounding area.

  • A new pedestrian underpass provides safe passage between Main St. and the Depot.

  • The City offers free wireless internet in parks & city facilities.

  • The Annual Big Shanty Festival features crafts, food, & shows attracting over 50,000 visitors.