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Acquiring Licenses

This office is responsible for the issuance of business licenses, taxi driver permits, ambulance driver permits, tree cutter permits, solicitation permits, and the collection of liquor, beer and wine taxes. The business license office hours are 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Obtaining a City of Dothan Privilege License (Business License)
Any person, firm, or corporation desiring to engage in any business within the corporate limits of the City of Dothan, for which a license is required, shall obtain a business license from the License Division of the City of Dothan.   Please refer to the business license Process Flowchart for more information.

The license year begins on the first day of January and expires on the last day of December each year. 

Please review the Privacy Policy and Refund Policy before renewing a business license.

For assistance renewing your Business License online, please refer to the Online Renewal Guide before renewing your Business License. 


The City of Dothan online payment portal for business license renewals will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Saturday, August  24th from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

 Renew your Business License online:   Business License Renewal Online

The City accepts the following form of credit cards:

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Alcoholic Beverage Applications
Businesses wishing to sell alcoholic beverages, both on and off premises, must apply with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) Board by calling (334) 792-9155. The application is then filed with the city clerk and must be approved by the Board of Commissioners before the license can be issued. For further information concerning the filing of an alcoholic beverage application with the City of Dothan, call (334) 615-3162.

Whiskey or Liquor Tax Return
The tax levied under the division shall be due and payable in monthly installments on or before the 20th day of the month next succeeding the  month in which the sales are made.  Whiskey or Liquor Tax Return

Declaration of U.S. Citizenship and/or Lawful Presence of an Alien
In order to comply with the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, Act 2011-535, the City of Dothan must obtain from each individual, including an individual who is a sole proprietor or partner in a partnership, both a declaration, either of citizenship or lawful presence, as appropriate, and a demonstration of such status before a business license can be issued or renewed. Immigration-Declaration of Citizenship

Going out of Business Application
For the application and guidelines for a entity that is going out of business please click here.

City of Dothan Business License Division
P.O. Box 2128
Dothan, AL 36302

Ph: (334) 615-3166
Fx: (334) 615-5167
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