Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Starting A Business - Step 1: Obtaining A Certificate of Use And Occupancy

Obtaining a Certificate of Use In South Florida


Before you can begin operating a business, you must go through the permitting process to obtain items such as a Certificate of Use. Following the steps below in order will hopefully prevent you from running back and forth between City and County offices because you lacked the necessary paperwork.

STEP 1: OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF USE AND OCCUPANCY (C.U.)

What is a Certificate of Use and Occupancy?

The Certificate of Use and Occupancy is also called a “C.U.” and sometimes a Zoning Permit.  Prior to occupancy of any commercial, industrial, or office location, this certificate is required. If you are doing interior remodeling or alterations that require a permit, you will need to complete the work and obtain all final inspections prior to applying for the Certificate of Use and Occupancy.

Why do I need a Certificate of Use?

The Certificate of Use and Occupancy assures you that your business is allowed in the zoning district where it is located.  It also verifies that the structure you are occupying has been built for your type of business activity.

What do I need to apply for a Certificate of Use?

In order to apply for a Certificate of Use and Occupancy, the following information is necessary:
  • location, address, suite or bay number (if applicable)
  • name of the business
  • corporation name
  • corporate officer, title
  • type of business
  • square footage of space being occupied
  • folio number of property

How do I apply for a Certificate of Use and Occupancy?

The Application for Certificate of Use is short and easy to fill out. Application can be made in person at the Zoning Permit Section. The quickest way to get your certificate is to walk the application through in person.
Click the following links to obtain the Application for Certificate of Use:
Broward Application for Certificate of Use
Miami-Dade Application for Certificate of Use
Miami-Dade Application for Certificate of Use for Liquor/Beer/Wine


Where to apply for a Certificate of Use and Occupancy?

For Broward County:
Permitting, Licensing & Consumer Protection Division
1 North University Drive
Plantation, Florida 33324
Phone: (954) 765-4400
For Miami-Dade County:
The Miami-Dade Permitting & Inspection Center
11805 SW 26th Street (Coral Way)
Miami, Florida 33175
Phone: (786) 315-2666
Related Post:
Click Here to read Step 2: Obtaining A Business Tax Receipt ("Occupational License)

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