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Starting A Business In Fairhope

Anyone wishing to start a business or do business in the city limits or police jurisdiction of Fairhope will need a Fairhope Business license. It is important before starting a business that owners also verify that the location of the proposed business is properly zoned for that specific type of business. Zoning information may be obtained from the Planning Department or from the Revenue Officer.

Business license applicants should fill out the form below and return it to the Revenue Officer at City Hall. All license fees are based on gross receipts. The form below can be completed and mail back to the Revenue Office with a copy of a current photo id and any certifications required or special license required by your specific profession.

The Revenue office is located at Fairhope City Hall, 161 North Section Street and is open Monday - Friday from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mailing address is P.O. Drawer 429, Fairhope, AL 36533.

For information on business licenses and permits, including a list of rates, contact the Revenue Officer at 251-928-2136.

Pay Your Sales Tax Online

To pay your city sales tax online please visit The Alabama Department of Revenue.



When will I receive notice my license needs to be renewed?  License Renewal Notices are mailed by December 31st

When is my license due to be renewed?  Licenses are renewed without penalty by January 31st of each year

What is the late filing penalty?  Renewals received or postmarked on or after February 1st incur a 15% penalty.  Renewals received or postmarked on or after March 1st incur a 30% penalty.

What all is needed to renew a business license?  The renewal form issued from the City of Fairhope, prior year gross receipts/revenue amount and any State specific licensing that is required. List:  State License Required

How can I renew my license?      Via US Mail to Revenue Department, PO Box 429, Fairhope AL  36533

                                                                In person at City Hall, 161 North Section Street, Fairhope AL  36532

                                                                Online at