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BUSINESS LICENSE

There is levied and assessed a business license fee for the privilege of doing any kind of business, trade, profession or other activity in the municipality and police jurisdiction.  A Priviledge or Business license can therefore be obtained from City Clerk's office.  To review the fee schedule and see the ordinance in its entirety, click here.  A business license application may also be downloaded and submitted to the City Clerk at City Hall with payment.

 Business licenses expire on December 31st of each calendar year.  As a courtesy, the City extends a 30 day grace period making the deadline for renewal February 1st. Failure to renew prior to February 1st will result in a penalty.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE

Prior to making application with the City of Albertville, the ABC Board should be contacted to obtain a license from the State of Alabama.  The nearest office is located in Huntsville and can be reached at 256-726-0401. 

The City's Alcohol Ordinance regulates the licensing and sales of alcoholic beverages in the city limits.  In the case of a new license or transfer of an existing license, application for an Alcoholic Beverage License must be made with the City Clerk. The following steps must then be completed before a license can be issued:

  1. Verification of Zoning
  2. Release of Application
  3. Completion of Application
  4. Submission of Application
  5. Background Investigation
  6. City Department Approvals
  7. City Council Consideration
  8. Release of Approval to ABC
  9. Presentation of ABC License to City

PLEASE NOTE THE ABC APPLICATION PROCESS AND CITY PROCESS MAY BE DONE SIMULTANEOUSLY.

The City application fee is $300 in addition to an advertising fee of $35.00 for the purpose of advertising the public hearing.  Filing fee for special event license is $50.00 for non-profit organizations and $150 for others.

Once the State and City applications are approved, the Alcohol Beverage License may be issued with the following annual fee structure: 

  • Beer wholesale: $275
  • Wine wholesale: 275
  • Beer and wine wholesale: 375
  • Warehouse: $500
  • Country Club/Golf Course: $1,000
  • Lounge retail liquor: $2,000
  • Restaurant retail table beer, wine and liquor: $1,500
  • Retail beer and wine for off-premise consumption: $150
  • Retail beer and wine for on-premise consumption: $75
  • Retail beer, wine and liquor for off-premise consumption: $1,500

NOTE: Priviledge or Business License fees are in addition to the schedule above.   Helpful Links:

Alcohol Application Overview

 TAXES

 

  SALES TAX PROPERTY TAX LODGING TAX 
STATE 4.0 % 6.5 mils 5 %
 CITY 4.0 %   5 mils 6 %
 COUNTY   13.5 mils  1 %
CITY SCHOOLS 1.5 %  17 mils    
 COUNTY SCHOOLS    4.5 mils  
TOTAL 8.0 %   46.5  mils  12 % 

 

INCENTIVES

The City of Albertville recognizes the competitive nature of economic development and will consider incentives for industrial and retail development based on capital investment, job creation and, if applicable, projected sales tax revenue. 

For industrial development projects, the City along with the Marshall County Economic Development Council and Industrial Development Board must be notified early in the process to determine if a project qualifies then application must be made to the Alabama Department of Commerce for the following incentives to be considered: 

  • Non-educational property tax abatement
  • Sales and use tax abatement
  • Jobs credit
  • Investment credit
  • Utility gross receipts tax abatement
  • AIDT training

For more information on other types of assistance, click here.

 For incentives pertaining to retail development,  each project is unique and assessed by the City Economic Development Director,  Commercial Development Authority and City Administration to determine eligibility and applicable incentives.  To see if your project qualifies, contact City Economic Development staff at 256-279-0622.

 

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