No general business license is required in the state of Georgia, states Nolo. However, all business owners must apply for a tax certificate in their county or city, depending on where the business is located. Special licensing may be required for regulated industries and occupations such as dentists, contractors and accountants.
A business owner may need a license that is related to the type of business he is operating. Restaurant owners need a liquor license to sell alcoholic beverages. Business owners who charge membership fees to the public for access to the business must purchase a buying service license. Any business that is operating with a name that is different than owner's name must register a fictitious name with the Clerk of the Superior Court, notes the Small Business Administration.