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Business License and Tax Requirements
Thank you for your interest in doing business in our beautiful city. We wish you well as you pursue your desires toward a successful and prosperous business.

A valid City of Gulf Shores business license is required for any company or person engaged in business within the corporate limits as well as our police jurisdiction. A business license application needs to be completed and submitted for approval as well as the fee(s) paid before conducting business in the city.

There are 2 different types of license applications: a general business license and a rental license application. If you are operating your business from more than one location or have more than one rental property a separate application and license will be required for each location. Along with the business license requirements there may be taxes associated with your type of business. Below you will find more information and links to our business license applications, checklists and tax forms. Please review the required information before submitting a business license application.

Business License Applications
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.

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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 Information

Rental License
 
For all property owners that engage in the short term rental (less than 180 consecutive days) of their duplex or house and short/long term rental of their condo in the city’s corporate limits or police jurisdiction are required to complete and submit a business license application. All fields on the application are required. Once a completed application is received it will then be submitted for approval or denial. Below is a link to a checklist. Please review for additional processing requirements. In addition to the business license, please be aware that there is lodging tax associated with short term vacation rentals (refer to lodging tax section below).

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

Click here for more information... 

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 Rental License Application in the Licensing section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Rental Property License Checklist.
  • 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:
     
    • 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
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the Business License Application for Rental Property.
  • Make sure all required materials are in order from the specific Rental Property License Checklist.
  • 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:
     
    • 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
Documents and Materials Required Rental License Checklist Fees
  • Based on Gross Receipts, Fee Schedule A
  • Rental Fee - $45 (Short term rentals only)
Additional Requirements
  • Designation and maintenance of local emergency contact by Licensee
  • Rental safety inspection required every 3 years
  • Lodging Tax collection/remitttance
Additional Information

Business License Renewals
Business License Renewal
 
For an easy, step-by-step business license renewal process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal. Online renewal instructions can be found on your business license renewal. All business licenses come up for renewal in January and are delinquent after January 31st.

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If you would prefer to renew by mail or in person, see below:

City Hall:
  • City of Gulf Shores
    Revenue Division
    1905 W. 1st St
    Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Mailing Address:
  • City of Gulf Shores
    Revenue Division
    PO Box 4089
    Gulf Shores, AL 36547

Documents and Materials Required Additional Information

Taxes
Sales Tax
 
Sales tax is due on retail of any tangible personal property including businesses that are conducting or operating places of amusement or entertainment in the city’s corporate limits as well as the police jurisdiction. The business acts as an agent for the city by collecting and remitting back sales tax from its Gulf Shores customers.

All taxes are due on or postmarked by the 20th for the month prior. A tax return is required to be filed even if there were no taxes collected or receipts earned.

A failure to timely file and pay penalty plus interest will be assessed on any tax not filed and/or paid by the 20th of the month in which the tax is due.

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Sales Tax General Rate
 
Gulf Shores total Sales Tax is 10% Corporate Limits/8.5% Police Jurisdiction
  • 4% - State of Alabama
  • 3% - Baldwin County
  • 3% - City - Corporate Limits/1.5% - City - Police Jurisdiction
Filing Options Additional Information

Lodging Tax
 
Lodging tax is due on any hotel/motel room or short term condo, house and duplex rental as well as tourist camp/cabin in the city’s corporate limits as well as the police jurisdiction. The business acts as an agent for the city by collecting and remitting back lodging tax from its Gulf Shores customers.

For Short Term rentals: Please be aware that if a management company is obtained you need to be sure that they are collecting and remitting tax on your behalf. If you leave a management company’s rental program then you become responsible for collecting and remitting lodging taxes back to State, County and City.

All taxes are due on or postmarked by the 20th for the month prior. A tax return is required to be filed even if there were no taxes collected or receipts earned.

A failure to timely file and pay penalty plus interest will be assessed on any tax not filed and/or paid by the 20th of the month in which the tax is due.

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Lodging Tax Rate
 
Gulf Shores total Lodging Tax is 11% Corporate Limits, 8.5% Police Jurisdiction
  • 4% - State of Alabama
  • 2% - Baldwin County
  • 5% - City - Corporate Limits/2.5% - City - Police Jurisdiction
Filing Options Additional Information

Use Tax
 
Use tax is due from the business or individual on items that are purchased for use in the City of Gulf Shores from vendors located outside of the State of Alabama and on which a local city sales/use tax has not already been paid.

All taxes are due on or postmarked by the 20th for the month prior. A tax return is required to be filed even if there were no taxes collected or receipts earned.

A failure to timely file and pay penalty plus interest will be assessed on any tax not filed and/or paid by the 20th of the month in which the tax is due.

Click here for more information... 

Use Tax General Rate
 
Gulf Shores total Use Tax is 10% Corporate Limits, 8.5% Police Jurisdiction
  • 4% - State of Alabama
  • 3% - Baldwin County
  • 3% - City - Corporate Limits/1.5% - City - Police Jurisdiction
Filing Options Additional Information

Rental/Lease Tax
 
Rental tax is due from any person engaged in the business of renting or leasing of tangible personal property.

All taxes are due on or postmarked by the 20th for the month prior. A tax return is required to be filed even if there were no taxes collected or receipts earned.

A failure to timely file and pay penalty plus interest will be assessed on any tax not filed and/or paid by the 20th of the month in which the tax is due.

Click here for more information... 

Rental/Lease Tax General Rate
 
Gulf Shores total Use Tax is 11% Corporate Limits, 9.5% Police Jurisdiction
  • 4% - State of Alabama
  • 4% - Baldwin County
  • 3% - City - Corporate Limits/1.5% - City - Police Jurisdiction
Filing Options Additional Information

Liquor Excise Tax
 
Liquor excise tax for package stores and restaurants.

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Package Stores
 
A 3% excise tax is due on all liquor purchases for packaged liquors retailed for consumption off premises.
 
Liquor tax is due on or postmarked by the 20th for purchases from the month prior. A failure to timely pay penalty will be assessed for any liquor tax left unfiled.
 
Forms Required
Restaurants
 
An excise tax of 6% for corporate limits and 3% for police jurisdiction is due on all liquor purchases for restaurants serving liquors for consumption on premises.
 
Liquor tax is due on or postmarked by the 20th for purchases from the month prior. A failure to timely pay penalty will be assessed for any liquor tax left unfiled.
 
Forms Required Additional Information


Contact Us
City of Gulf Shores Revenue Division
1905 W. 1st Street
PO Box 4089
Gulf Shores, AL 36547 
Phone: (251) 968-2426
Fax: (251) 968-1470

Marcy Kichler
Revenue Supervisor
(251) 968-1139
mkichler@gulfshoresal.gov

Layla Dawson
Revenue Coordinator
(251) 968-1134
ldawson@gulfshoresal.gov

Evie Grow
Financial Tech II
(251) 968-1132
egrow@gulfshoresal.gov

Lexus Carlee
Financial Tech I
(251) 968-1143
lcarlee@gulfshoresal.gov

Carla Estill
Revenue Technician
(251) 968-1146
cestill@gulfshoresal.gov

Nicole Clay
Administrative Assistant I
(251) 968-1120
nclay@gulfshoresal.gov

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.