Anyone doing business in the City of Decatur is generally required to obtain a business license. Depending upon your particular type of business there may be some prerequisites to licensing. For example, a certificate of occupancy, certificate of insurance and trade qualifications for building contractors, or food permits for restaurants or convenience stores. The cost of the license depends on the type of business and the amount of gross receipts estimated for the licensing year. The licensing year for the City of Decatur is the same as the calendar year. Because there are many variables associated with licensing, direct contact with the department is necessary to complete the licensing process. You are welcome to use a form to submit initial information by email. This registration form will help determine if a license is necessary and can expedite the process if a license is required.