COVID-19: Local Government Assistance

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If you have updates that need to be added, please email Daniel New at daniel@garestaurants.org.


4/3/2020 UPDATE – Gov. Kemp Executive Order: Statewide ban on in-person dining. Restaurants may continue to offer delivery, curbside pick-up, & to-go services. This is effective 6:00PM Friday, April 3, 2020 until 11:59PM Monday, April 13, 2020. 

View the Executive Order HERE.

View the guidance and FAQs for the executive order HERE.

View the GRA's Q&A HERE.

4/23/2020 UPDATE - Gov. Kemp Executive Order: Starting Monday, April 27, 2020, restaurants may reopen dine-in services.

View the Executive Order HERE.

View the GRA's Q&A HERE.

View Georgia Restaurant Guide to Reopening HERE.


The National Restaurant Association Restaurant Law Center has created a Georgia-specific document that restaurant workers can carry with them going to/from work to identify themselves as critical workers. The document is customizable so employers can add their logo and contact information.

Georgia Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker (ECIW) Letter - Food Supply


Local Government Assistance

City/County

Off-Premise Beer and Wine Sales

Assistance/Deadline Extentions

Acworth

Allowed

Adrian

Allowed

Any deadlines for the purchasing or obtaining of occupation tax certificates, permits or similar civil approvals mandated by the City of Adrian Code shall be tolled for the duration of the emergency as established herein, and for 15 days thereafter.

Albany

Allowed

Alpharetta

Allowed

Deadline for for submission of the registration and payment of the administrative fee, occupational tax, and/or regulator fee are extended to June 30, 2020. Any pentaly for failure to submit any registraion or pay any tax or fee shall be tolled until June 30, 2020. Monthly reporting requirements and excise tax payment deadlines related to sale of alcoholic beverages for calendar months of February, March and April 2020 are extended to June 30, 2020.

Athens-Clarke County

Allowed

April 1, 2020 deadline for payment of Occupation Tax and regulatory fees be extended to June 1, 2020.

Atlanta

Allowed

Business license fee penalties waived until June 1, 2020.

Austell

Deadlines for purchasing or obtaining by persons or businesses of occupation tax certifcates, permits or similar civil approvals shall be tolled for duration of emergency order plus 15 days. Such persons or businesses shall obatin necessary permision

Bainbridge

Allowed

Deadlines for purchasing or obtaining by persons or businesses of occupation tax certifcates, permits or similar civil approvals shall be tolled for duration of emergency order plus 15 days. Such persons or businesses shall obatin necessary permision.

Barrow County

Allowed

Bartow County

Allowed

All deadlines imposed for the renewal of self service fuel licenses and/or alcohol licenses and any other specific licenses required by Bartow County Ordinances shall be tolled for duration of this order plus 30 days.

Berkeley Lake

Allowed

Braselton

Allowed

Brookhaven

Allowed

Any deadlines for the purchasing or obtaining by persons or businesses of occupation tax certificates, permits or similar civil approvals mandated by the City Code shall be tolled for the duration of the emergency as established herein, and for 15 days thereafter. Such persons or businesses shall obtain necessary permissions required by law but deadlines set by the City Code are tolled for the duration of the emergency as established herein, and for 15 days thereafter. In addition, payment of any fees, taxes, or other obligations due the City shall not incur any interest or penalties until July 1, 2020.

Buford

Allowed

Business license renewal deadline to May 29, 2020

Bulloch County

Allowed

All deadlines imposed for the renewal of self service fuel licenses and/or alcohol licenses and any other specific licenses required by Bulloch County Ordinances shall be tolled for duration of this order plus 30 days.

Butts County

Allowed

All deadlines imposed under the Butts County Code of Ordinances, relating to the renewal of business licenses, shall be tolled for the duration of this Order and for thirty (30) days following the expiration of this Order.

Canton

Allowed

If you need an extension on a business license renewal, please email billy.peppers@cantonga.gov.

Cartersville

Allowed

All deadlines imposed for the renewal of self service fuel licenses and/or alcohol licenses and any other specific licenses required by City of Cartersville Ordinances shall be tolled for duration of this order plus 30 days.

Cave Spring

Allowed

All deadlines imposed for the renewal of self service fuel licenses and/or alcohol licenses and any other specific licenses required by Cave Spring Ordinances shall be tolled for duration of this order plus 30 days.

Chamblee

Chattooga County

Allowed

Cherokee County

Allowed

Cobb County

Allowed

Occupation tax/business license renewals due by 12/31, the 10% penalty postponed from 4/1 to 6/1. Interest on excise taxes for March and April waived.

Cohutta

Allowed

College Park

Allowed

Extended Mixed-Drink tax payments and business license renewals to April 30, 2020.

Columbus Muscogee County

Allowed

April 1 deadline for obtaining business license & paying business occupational tax extended to May 1; Mixed Drink Excise Tax & Vehicle Rental Excise Tax payments due in April extended 30 days

Conyers

Allowed

Covington

Allowed

Due date and payment of alcohol excise taxes of restaurants delayed through and until June 30, 2020 and shall not be subject to penalties or interest. Any alcohol excise taxes of restaurants that accrue and are unpaid during the period until June 30, 2020 shall be paid to the City in six (6) equal installments in the months of July through December. All alcohol excise taxes of restaurants shall be due and payable in the normal procedure beginning July 1, 2020.

Dacula

Allowed

Dalton

Allowed

Decatur

Allowed

The grace period for paying the first installment of Decatur 2020 property taxes to July 15, 2020. Tax bills will be mailed the week of March 30 and due June 1, 2020. With the extended grace period, no penalties and interest will be applied if the principal is paid by July 15, 2020.

DeKalb County

Allowed

Doraville

Allowed

The council extended the renewal of Occupational Tax Certificates (business licenses) to May 1 and delayed the monthly reporting of the Alcohol Beverage Tax until June 20, at which time the months of March, April and May would be due. The council also approved a resolution requesting that commercial property landlords grant a 60-day rent abatement to tenants.

Dougherty County

Allowed

Douglas County

Allowed

March 31 deadline for business license renewal extended one (1) month.

Douglasville

Allowed

Duluth

Allowed

Deadlines for the payment (including interest and penalties) of occupational taxes, alcohol license renewals and all other licenses or fees owed to the City of Duluth are stayed and not be due until June 30, 2020; Due date & payment of alcohol excise tax delayed until June 30. Any alcohol excise taxes of restaurants that accrue and are unpaid during the period until June 30, 2020 shall be paid to the City in six (6) equal installments in the months of July through December. All alcohol excise taxes of restaurants shall be due and payable in the normal procedure beginning July 1, 2020.

Dunwoody

Allowed

East Point

Allowed

Fayetteville

Allowed

Floyd County

Allowed

Forsyth County

Allowed

Gainesville

Allowed

Garden City

Glynn County

Allowed

Grayson

Gwinnett County

Allowed

Hall County

Allowed

Henry County

Allowed

Hiram

Allowed

Deadlines for purchasing or obtaining by persons or businesses of occupation tax certifcates, permits or similar civil approvals shall be tolled for duration of emergency order plus 15 days. Such persons or businesses shall obatin necessary permision.

Kennesaw

Allowed

Deadline for Business License renewals extended to May 29, 2020, without penalty.

LaGrange

Allowed

Deadline for purchasing or obtaining a business license is extended to 15 days after the emergency declaration expires.

Lawrenceville

Liburn

Due date of Business occupational taxes from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020. No late fees will be applied to occupational taxes paid before July 1, 2020.

Loganville

Lyerly

Allowed

Macon-Bibb County

Allowed

All deadlines relating to Article VII of Chapter 26 of Macon-Bibb County Code relating to renewal of business licenses shall be tolled for duration of this order plus 30 days after expiration

Marietta

The deadline for business license payments postponed to May 30.

Menlo

Allowed

Norcross

Allowed

The deadline for renewals of all business and alcohol licenses is extended until June 30, 2020.The deadline for the payment of occupational taxes, alcohol license fees, alcohol excise taxes and all other taxes, licenses or fees owed to the city is extended until June 30, 2020. Interest and penalties for late payment of such taxes, licenses and fees shall not begin to accrue until June 30, 2020.Alcohol excise taxes that accrue and are unpaid from the effective date of this Emergency Order through June 30, 2020 shall be due and payable to the city in six equal installments in the months of July through December 2020. All alcohol excise taxes accruing after June 30, 2020 shall become due and payable in the normal course after July 1, 2020.

Oakwood

Allowed

Oconee County

Allowed

Peachtree City

Allowed

Peachtree Corners

Allowed

60-day deferral period on all business license fees normally due by March 31, are now due May 31. There will be no penalty fees assessed during this period. Temporarily waiving the convenience fees charged for online and/or internet payment of business license fees. Deferring payment of alcohol excise tax for 60 days. No penalty fees will be assessed during this period. Additionally, the city is asking landlords to join the city as Community Partners by offering tenants a 60-day deferral on rent payments and banks to work with their customers by offering a 60-day penalty-free deferral on loan payments.

Rockdale County

Allowed

Rome

Allowed

Roswell

Allowed

The collection of Excise Tax on alcoholic beverages and Business License Fees is suspended for 60 days.

Sandy Springs

Allowed

Due date for businesses to pay their Business Occupational Tax Certificate (business license) from March 31 to May 31, 2020. Extension of the required monthly reporting and payment of alcohol excise taxes by local businesses until May 31 without penalty or interest.

Savannah

Allowed

Smyrna

Allowed

Snellville

Allowed

Statesboro

Allowed

Statham

Allowed

Any deadlines for the purchasing or obatining of occupation tax certificates, permits, or similar civil approvals mandated shall be tolled for the duration of emergency plus 15 days.

Sugar Hill

Allowed

Summerville

Allowed

Suwanee

Thunderbolt

Allowed

Trion

Allowed

Tunell Hill

Allowed

Tybee Island

Allowed

Any deadlines for the purchasing or obtaining by persons or businesses of occupation tax certificates, permits or similar civil approvals mandated by the City Code shall be tolled for the duration of the emergency as established herein, and for 15 days thereafter. Such persons or businesses shall obtain necessary permissions required by law, but deadlines set by the City Code are tolled for the duration of the emergency as established herein, and for 15 days thereafter.

Tyrone

Varnell

Allowed

Warner Robins

Allowed

Deadlines for purchasing or obtaining by persons or businesses of occupation tax certifcates, permits or similar civil approvals shall be tolled for duration of emergency order plus 15 days. Such persons or businesses shall obtain necessary permission.

Whitfield County

Allowed

Winder

Allowed

Any deadlines for the purchasing or obatining of occupation tax certificates, permits, or similar civil approvals mandated shall be tolled for the duration of emergency plus 15 days

Woodstock

Allowed

March 20 alcohol exise taxes deferred for 30 days; no additional penalties for delinquent business occupation taxes applied April 1st.