For a company planning to operate in Anniston, the owner must apply for a business license with the city.

To do that, stop by Anniston’s Planning and Development Services Department at City Hall and pick up an application.

According to revenue compliance specialist Mary Motley, there is no application fee, and the fees for licenses are based on sales. For emerging businesses, it would be based on projected sales. License fees can vary from $10 to thousands, depending on sales numbers.

In addition to projected sales, applicants must provide a description of the business, its location, the number of employees and contact information, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers for all owners or corporate officers. Also required is a federal employer identification number, which can be obtained by contacting the Internal Revenue Service. If an owner is a sole proprietor, a Social Security number can be used instead.

Anniston’s business application also asks for a North American Industry Classification System code. This six-digit number allows federal agencies and other entities to statistically classify business establishments in a uniform way. NAICS codes are available at

The city doesn’t require owners to form a limited liability corporation or have a company bank account to receive  a business license.

Before an application is approved, the business must be inspected by the planning department, which ensures the applicant adheres to the city’s zoning requirements. The Anniston Fire Department also must confirm the business meets all fire codes.

Once those two departments are satisfied, the business can receive a license — provided it meets all state regulations concerning the industry.

The Planning and Development Services Department is in City Hall, 1128 Gurnee Ave., Anniston, 256-231-7720.


Calhoun County License Commissioner Barry Robertson said state regulations concerning occupations can be extensive.

Alabama’s code has more than 500 sections pertaining to regulations and requirements of professions, he said. There are requirements for ticket salesmen, swimming pool insulation installers and even antiquated jobs like typewriter salesmen and mimeograph operators.

Because his office acts as an agent for the state, he and his staff must interpret the descriptions provided by business license applicants and see which state fees apply.

Robertson said that’s why it’s important that applicants provide a detailed description of their businesses.

For example, barbers are charged an extra $3.50 for each chair in their shop, and auto repair businesses must pay $7.50 for each technician on staff.

Those hoping to sell their services door-to-door must have a transient vendor license and a $10 license from the county in addition to a standard business licence, Robertson said.

He added that several professions such as doctors, lawyers, engineers and veterinarians don’t pay for county business licenses.

Robertson said applicants for a business license with the county must provide the location of their business so his staff can ensure they have any city licenses needed.

Whatever additional documentation an applicant might need, Robertson said, his staff does all they can to help them find it.  

County business licenses are also based on sales, and the fees vary from $10 for companies with annual sales of $10,000 or below, to $100 for companies with $100,000 or more in sales.

Robertson said the state employs inspectors to ensure business comply with all regulations. His office also has one inspector that oversees the county’s 5,000 businesses.

Allstate agency opens in Lincoln

Allstate Insurance Company recently announced the opening of a new agency in Lincoln. Owned and operated by Cory Bline, the agency offers a complete line of policies, including auto, property, commercial and life insurance.

“As a long-time resident of Pell City, I know many local families,” Bline was quoted as saying in a release. “My knowledge and understanding of the people in this community will help me provide customers with an outstanding level of service. I am looking forward to helping families protect the things that matter most to them.”

The Bline Allstate agency is at 141 Magnolia Street S. in Lincoln. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bline can be reached at (205) 763-2006 or by email at

Oxford Longhorn managing partner recognized

Jeremy Hicks, managing partner of the Longhorn Steakhouse in Oxford, has attained Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. The recognition is given each  year to managing partners throughout the company who demonstrate outstanding leadership while achieving top financial performance.

“Jeremy is an exceptional leader who is committed to our goal of becoming America’s favorite steakhouse,” Valerie Insignares, president of LongHorn Steakhouse, was quoted as saying in a release. “He leads a dedicated team that is passionate about our food, our guests, and their community – ultimately making the Oxford LongHorn Steakhouse a great place to work and dine.”  

This year, 20 managing partners selected from the more than 460 Longhorn restaurants in North America.

Oxford’s Longhorn Steakhouse at 301 Oxford Exchange Blvd.


Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

I'm the assistant metro editor for The Anniston Star. I edit, post online stories and write the occasional story. I also run the Business as Usual column.