If you want a business license in Columbia County, you'll have to go get it.
In the past, officials have mailed applications and licenses to businesses. This year is different.
Now, business owners - or a representative from the business in some cases - must go by the county's Planning and Zoning office to pick up their license. That's even if the payment for the license - between $75 to $1,500 depending on the number of employees - has been mailed.
"This was done to update the records to the present day. It was pretty evident to us we need to update the information. It's supposed to be updated as it changes, and some of the business owners don't do that," said Ken Toma, the acting planning and zoning director, who said he hopes the process will also cut down on some business license fraud.
The county sent notices to local businesses earlier this month, Mr. Toma said. So far, he said, the response from the estimated 3,250 business license-holders has been good.
"I'd say in the last week we've had at least 200," he said.
The fees are due to the county by the end of March, Mr. Toma said.
In Richmond County, the process is the same as last year, said Rob Sherman, the director of licenses and inspections.
Reach Jason B. Smith at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 115.