State law requires all business inside city limits to obtain a business license from the city and the county. There are some exceptions to this law such as a business that does not gross $3,000 annually in receipts, manufacturers, and professionals such as doctors and lawyers. You may obtain your business license at the finance department or by mail. The initial license is $15 and is payable to the city and county, thereafter payments are made to the State of Tennessee. If the applicant has a business in his or her home, completing an additional form is required to obtain approval from the city planning and zoning department.