Privilege Licenses

Any individual, partnership, or corporation pursuing a legitimate business in the City of Laurel must possess a valid privilege license except for businesses that are specifically exempted by state or federal statue.

The following information is provided to guide you through the process of obtaining a license. Business License fees must be paid before the business opens and are renewable annually. Applications for a Business License should be filled out, notarized and returned to the City Clerk’s Office located at 401 N 5th Avenue, Laurel MS, 39440 on the 2nd floor of City Hall or mailed to P.O Box 647, Laurel MS, 39441.

Business License Fees
Business License fees are determined by either the number of full time employees or the amount of the inventory accessed at 15%.

License Fees:
0-3 employees: $20.00
4-10 employees: $30.00
Over 10 employees: $30.00 plus $3.00 for each employee over 10 up to a maximum of $150.00.

Additional Fees:
Beer License (Retail) fee: $15.00
Amusement Machines (per machine): $45.00
Vending Machines (per machine): $10.00
Transient Vendor License: $250.00

Operations of various types of businesses must be in compliance with all city, state and federal regulations including the zoning ordinance.

Please provide us with a copy of your State Sales Tax Identification Number from the Mississippi State Tax Commission’s Office, 17 JM Tatum Industrial Park Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39403 or call (601) 545-1261 to obtain a State tax ID number.