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COUNTY WEB SITES *

County Website – The Official website of Cobb County, Georgia

County Code – The Official Municipal Code of Cobb County. Please check with the county offices for any recent additions, changes or modifications.

The Planning Division - Is responsible for comprehensive planning for the county. Planning coordinates the plans and development policy between Cobb County and other jurisdictions. There are five primary responsibilities: long-range (comprehensive) planning, research, preservation, local planning (intergovernmental) and mapping.

Cobb County's Geographic Information System - In simple terms, the GIS staff is tasked to create a comprehensive and accurate digital computer map of the county. This digital computer map will contain technical and business information about locations and events within the county that will have value to many potential customers.

Community Development Agency – Building Inspections - In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens in the permitting jurisdiction of the unincorporated areas of Cobb County, all construction must meet a series of requirements set forth by specific building codes. This includes new construction, additions to existing structures and remodeling. Both residential and commercial construction must meet these codes, and it is our job to enforce them.

Business License Division - The Business License Division is responsible for the collection of Business Registration Certificate Fees, Occupation Taxes, Liquor by the Drink Taxes, Alcoholic Beverage Excise Taxes, Hotel/Motel Occupancy Taxes, Financial Institution Taxes, Cable Franchise Fees, and various other business related taxes as outlined in the Cobb County Code of Ordinances. The Business License Division is also responsible for the issuing of all alcoholic beverage licenses, taxicab / vehicle for hire licenses, and many other specially regulated business licenses.

The Community Development Agency - is the development-coordinating agency for Cobb County. It is responsible for implementing federal and state environmental mandates; it advises the Board of Commissioners and the general public on development and planning issues as they affect the environment, financial, economic, legal, and social welfare of Cobb County; and it has a responsibility to maintain and increase the quality of life in the County as deemed necessary by the Board of Commissioners and County residents.

Cobb Traffic Counts - Cobb County Department of Transportation collects and maintains a traffic count database for most roads within the County. The Traffic Count Map includes counts taken from the last 3-4 years and is periodically updated.

Office of Economic Development - From global corporations to the home-based entrepreneur, we are Cobb County Government's liaison with the business community.  We are committed to you as a business owner and feel honored that you have chosen to start/locate your business in Cobb County.  We believe that our business community deserves the best services available.

ARC Green - Cobb County has been at the forefront among local governments in conserving and protecting the resources entrusted to it by its Citizens. The Cobb County Sustainable Practices Policy has been developed to promote environmentally sustainable design and construction of buildings and sites, and for operations and maintenance activities for County facilities other assets.

Rules and Regulations for Food Service Establishments - This is Chapter 290-5-14 of the Official Code of Georgia and it governs the construction, permitting, and operation of food service establishments. Please contact your local Environmental Health Office if you have questions regarding the Rules and Regulations.

Cobb County, GA
UTILITIES

Georgia Power - An investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.25 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power, has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.

Atlanta Gas Light - Ready to help any business customer from the corner store to a huge manufacturing plant — learn how to save money with natural gas.

Cobb County Water System  - Provides water, sewer and storm-water management services to more than 680,000 people in households and businesses. In addition, we provide wastewater treatment services to all of Cobb County including the cities of Austell, Marietta, Powder Springs and Smyrna, and small portions of Bartow, Cherokee, Douglas and Fulton counties and the City of Atlanta.

STATE WEB SITES

State Website – The Official website of the Peachtree State

State Code – The Official Code for the State of Georgia. Please consult with the state for any recent changes, modifications or deletions.

Business Registration - Register your business with the state and apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) online.

The First Stop Business Information Center - Provides the small business owner and the prospective entrepreneur with a central point of information and contacts for state regulatory requirements for operating a small business. The primary objective of the center is to facilitate sustainable small business development in Georgia by offering a central location for determination of what licenses and permits must be obtained and maintained by individuals and businesses conducting their enterprises in our great state.

Annual Traffic Counts - Traffic volumes for each of Georgia's 159 counties are counted on an annual basis.

Business & Professional Licensing – Quick links for many of the licenses that are required in the state of Georgia. From Real Estate Brokers & Appraisers, to pharmacists and Alcohol License Renewals.

Georgia Department of Environmental Health – For information for food service establishments regarding the state’s food safety policies & procedures.

Georgia Department of Economic Development - The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm and lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses.

Georgia Small Business Development Center Network - To enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Georgia Public Service Commission - Exercises its authority and influence to ensure that consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably priced telecommunications, transportation, electric and natural gas services from financially viable and technically competent companies.

US Census Bureau  - Why pay for demographics twice?

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce - The unified voice of the business community, aggressively advocating the business viewpoint in the shaping of public policy, encouraging ethical business practices and ensuring the state’s future as economically prosperous, educationally competitive and environmentally responsible.

State Bar Association of Georgia - The State Bar of Georgia is a mandatory membership organization and cannot refer attorneys since they have an obligation to represent each of their members equally.
However, please see their list of Local/Voluntary Bars for full contact information of the Bar Associations nearest you.

SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Businesses – Atlanta Chapter. 

Cobb Chamber of Commerce – The Cobb Chamber of Commerce represents Cobb County's diverse, dynamic business community. The largest county-based chamber in the state, the Cobb Chamber provides members diverse business opportunities to positively impact their bottom line.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

* Cobb County, GA

Is comprised of Six (6) Cities all of which are responsible for creating and maintain their own municipal codes and ordinances. Please consult with the municipality to check for any recent additions, changes and/or modifications.

The Incorporated Cities of Cobb County, Georgia

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The City of Acworth
(City Code)

The City of Austell
(Code in Print Form Only)


The City of Kennesaw
(City Code)

The City of Marietta
(City Code)

The City of
Powder Springs

(City Code)

The City of Smyrna
(City Code)

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