Open a Business

Interested in opening a business in the City of Lawrenceville?

Follow the steps below to open your business.

Step 1

Check the zoning map (PDF) to see if your business is permitted in the zoning district (location) you are considering. This can be confirmed by emailing Planning & Development.

If it is NOT permitted:

  • The Planning Department will notify you of which zoning districts allow your use (occupation).

If it IS permitted:

  • Continue to Step 2.

Step 2

Complete the required documentation.

  1. Fill out a building permit application for a Tenant Name Change.
    • This must be approved before you proceed.
  2. Request a Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County.
  3. Submit an Occupational Tax Certificate Application to Financial Services or email Occupational Tax.

Step 3

Pay for the Occupational Tax Certificate. View the Occupational Tax rate table (PDF) for fees.

 Step 4 (For Restaurants)

If your business will be serving alcohol, an Alcohol License Application (PDF) must be submitted and approved before serving alcohol. 

Step 5

Congratulations! You may open for business.