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The City of Gautier, perhaps best known nationally for its wildlife preservations and parks, is a progressive, friendly community with a reputation for offering an outstanding quality of life. Ideally located on the Gulf between Biloxi and the ports of Gulfport and Pascagoula, Gautier is a vibrant “home” for thousands of area employees as well as business start-ups who enjoy the entertainment, nightlife, and cultural events in easy driving distance.

More than 1,800 businesses (including insurance and home-based businesses) operate in the City of Gautier, which is one of 4 municipalities in gulf coast Jackson County. As the Jackson County home to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gautier’s business mix is diverse with a manufacturing/distribution corridor; an emerging, thriving Town Center; other well-designed mixed-use areas with office and retail uses; and a waterfront historic area.

If you’d like additional information not provided on our website, please contact Economic Development and Planning Director Chandra Nicholson at  or (228) 497-1878.

Our Mission:

The Planning and Economic Development Division works to nurture and grow local enterprises, expand and diversify the existing economic base, and attract new residents and businesses to the community.

What We Do:

* Serve as the City’s point of contact to the business community.

* Guide businesses through the regulatory process.

* Develop programming to respond to citywide economic development needs

* Connect business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to resources that can help to grow their businesses.

Zoning of the Location: Correct zoning is extremely important. Check with the Planning Department, at (228) 497- 1878 concerning zoning within the city limits. They will ask for the property address or parcel description. This will allow them to check the zoning requirements and schedule a time for any necessary inspections, or to brainstorm with you regarding your development plans.

Health Permits: There are certain business types that will require a health permit. These include but are not limited to the following: restaurants, bars, lounges, grocery stores, daycare facilities, nursing homes, delicatessens, food vending companies and catering companies, bottled water plants, and bakeries. Basically anything that has to do with food. Always check with the Jackson County Health Department if you are not sure.

Jackson County Health Department – (228) 875-1336

Business Tax Certificate: In the State of Mississippi, all businesses are required to identify their business with one or two numbers: either a social security number or an EIN (employer identification tax ID number). This applies to all businesses including home based, internet, eBay, online websites, professional practices, contractors or any other business.  A social security number can be used on all government tax ID number forms and other tax ID number official documents if you are a sole proprietor, however, it is advised by most small business advisers that you apply for a Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) and use that instead.

If you are planning on hiring employees you are required to obtain a federal tax ID number as well as a Mississippi Tax ID Number. The next step is to contact the State Tax Commission. They issue State Sales Tax Permits and Beer License.

Contact: State Tax Commission @ (228)436-0554 (Biloxi) or on the Internet at Mississippi State Tax Commission.

If you are planning on opening a business that will involve the sale of hard liquor or wine, you will need to contact the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division for a permit. They will provide all the necessary forms for the Federal requirements concerning alcohol.

Contact: Alcoholic Beverage Control @ (601)856-1320 (Jackson). You can also visit their website for more information, Click Here.

City of Gautier Comprehensive Fee Schedule

City of Gautier Comprehensive Fee Schedule Revised March 15, 2016

Links to Assist you:

Starting a Business – IRS.GOV
Small Business Planner – SBA.GOV
Small Business Magazine – A Guide to Financing/Training/and Events
Business Resources – State of Mississippi