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Occupational License Tax
All businesses within the corporate limits are required to acquire an annual business license. "Business" includes any and all businesses, trades, professions, occupations, vocations, or callings unless specifically excluded by law. The license tax must be paid prior to commencement of business. A business license is a receipt for taxes paid, it is not an authorization to do business. For more information, see our Guidelines for New Business.

The tax amount varies according to total gross receipts, fees or commissions. The minimum fee must be paid when the application is made. To complete your application you will need to have previously acquired a Certificate of Occupancy, a Caddo-Shreveport Sales and Use Tax Number, and State and Federal Tax identification numbers.

Occupational License Tax Dependent on Type of Business
Type of Business
Minimum Tax
Maximum Tax
Retail, Sales, Service, Rentals
Wholesale Dealers
Lending Business
Commission / Brokerage
Public Utilities

  • Download a copy of the New Business Application
  • Request an application by writing to:
    City of Shreveport
    Department of Finance / Revenue Division
    Post Office 30168
    Shreveport, LA 71130-0168
  • Pick up an application at:
    Government Plaza, Ground Floor
    Revenue Customer Service
    505 Travis St.
    Shreveport, LA 71101                                                                                                                                   Hours:  7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Request a copy faxed to you by calling 318-673-5500
    • Completed applications may be faxed to 318-673-5504

Further Information

For more information about applications and fees, please call customer service at 318-673-5500 or email.

City of Shreveport, Louisiana