Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Office of the Secretary of State 

214 State Capitol 
Atlanta, GA 30334

It is recommended that before you enter into any of these four forms of business, that you contact an attorney, CPA or other qualified individual.


Licensing and Permit Information 

Business License (also called an Occupational Tax) 

If your business will be located within the Sylvania city limits:

City of Sylvania
104 S Main Str
Sylvania, GA 30467
If your business will be located outside the Sylvania city limits:

Screven County Zoning Office
216 Mims Road
Sylvania, GA 30467
(912) 564-2951


Screven County Planning & Zoning
216 Mims Rd.
Sylvania, GA 30467
Randy Hagan
Downtown Business District
Sylvania Downtown Development Authority
101 S Main St
Sylvania, GA 30467

Building Construction/Renovation/Occupancy

City Limits:
City of Sylvania
104 South Main Street
Sylvania, GA 30467
John Rosier
Screven County Zoning Office
216 Mims Rd
Sylvania, GA 30467
Randy Hagan


Health Permits

Screven County Health Department
416 Pine St.
Sylvania, GA 30467
Randy Lacienski


Georgia Department of Revenue
PO Box 943
Douglas, GA 31543


Establishing Water, Sewer and Garbage Service 

The City of Sylvania Utilities Department is a full service municipal utility provider, offering its customers electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services. The city owns and operates its electric power, natural gas, water distribution, sewage collection systems and water and wastewater plants.


Establishing Telephone Services

Planters Telephone Cooperative provides landline telephone service and internet for businesses in Screven County and the City of Sylvania. To establish phone service, call Planters Telephone at (912) 857-4411 or visit


Labor and Safety Regulation Information

The GDoL can help walk you through all of your employment and labor problems.

Georgia Department of Labor 

156 Roberson Mill Rd
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-5465

Other Resources 

  • Better Business Bureau: 6606 Abercorn Street Savannah, GA 31405 912-354-7521 
  • GA Secretary of State’s Office: 211 State Capitol, Atlanta. Phone: 404-656-2881 
  • Internal Revenue Service: 120 Barnard St. Savannah, GA 31401. Phone: 912-651-1430 
  • Minority Business Development Agency: 401 W. Peachtree Street Room 1717, Atlanta. Phone: 404-730-3300 
  • U.S. Department of Labor: 1375 Peachtree Street NE Suite 587, Atlanta. Phone: 404- 347-3573