General Business License

All businesses operating in the city’s corporate limits or police jurisdiction are required to complete and submit a business license application and supply copies of any State Certifications (if applicable). Some businesses may require a Franchise Agreement and/or additional approvals from the city. Please review the Ordinance link under Additional Information. All fields on the application are required. Once a completed application is received it will then be submitted for approval or denial. Below are links to different checklists, please select the one that best suits your business needs. In addition to the business license, please be aware of any taxes that may be associated with your type of business (Refer to tax section below).

Be aware that business licenses expire December 31st. Renewals are due January 1st and are delinquent after January 31st.

Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step business license application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Business License Application in the Licensing section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the specific License Checklist required for your type of business.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Review/Approval process starts once completed application is received. See below for specific review route:
    Physically located in Gulf Shores
    • Revenue – reviews application and required documentation for completeness
    • Planning & Zoning – reviews for zoning compliance
    • Fire Marshall – performs safety inspection (if applicable)
    • Revenue – collects payment and issues certificate
    Outside city limits of Gulf Shores
    • Revenue – reviews application and required documentation for completeness
    • Revenue – collects payment and issues certificate
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Business License Application.
  • Make sure all required materials are in order from the specific License Checklist required for your type of business.
  • Submit completed General Business License Application with checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Revenue
    1905 W 1st St
    PO Box 4089
    Gulf Shores, AL 36547
    Fax: (251) 968-1470
  • Review/Approval process starts once completed application is received. See below for specific review route:
    Physically located in Gulf Shores
    • Revenue – reviews application and required documentation for completeness
    • Planning & Zoning – reviews for zoning compliance
    • Fire Marshall – performs safety inspection (if applicable)
    • Revenue – collects payment and issues certificate
    Outside city limits of Gulf Shores
    • Revenue – reviews application and required documentation for completeness
    • Revenue – collects payment and issues certificate
Documents and Materials Required Business License Checklists Fees Additional Documents Additional Information