Starting A Business – Step 2: Obtaining A Business Tax Receipt a/k/a Occupational License

December 28, 2010

Occupational License

(Now Called a “Business Tax Receipt”)

Click Here to read our prior blog post on Step 1: Obtaining a Certificate of Use and Occupancy

Before you can begin operating a business, you must go through the permitting process to obtain documents such as a Business Tax Receipt (“Occupational License”). 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.

After you obtain a Certificate of Use and Occupancy as discussed in our prior blog post for Step 1 (Click Here to view it), the following is the next step:


What do I need to apply for an Occupational License?

Once your Certificate of Use and Occupancy Permit is approved, you may apply for an Occupational License. You must have the following documents:

  • Drivers license or form of picture identification
  • Social security card or federal id card
  • Copy of your fictitious business name or corporate papers
  • Address of your business
  • Copy of garbage contract (depending on type of business)
  • Zoning approval (depending on type of business)

How much does a Business Tax Receipt (“Occupational License”) cost?

The amount of the Business Tax depends on your type of business. Click the following links to determine your rate:
Broward County Tax Rates
Miami-Dade County Tax Rates

How do I apply for a Business Tax Receipt (a/k/a Occupational License)?

Click the following links to obtain the Application for an Occupational License:
Broward County Application for a Business Tax Receipt (Formerly Occupational License)
Miami-Dade County Application for a Local Business Tax Receipt (Formerly Occupational License)
City of Hialeah Application for Occupational License

Where do I apply for a Business Tax Receipt (a/k/a Occupational License)?

IMPORTANT:     If your business is located in a City (i.e, Miami, Hialeah, or Hollywood), you will need TWO (2) Occupational Licenses – ONE (1) from the City, and ONE (1) from the County. If your business is located in unincorporated Miami-Dade or Broward County, you will only need ONE (1) license from the County.

Broward County:
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A-100
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: (954) 831-4000

Miami-Dade County:
140 West Flagler Street, Room 101
Miami, Florida 33130
Phone: (305) 270-4949
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm

City of Hialeah:
501 Palm Avenue
Hialeah, Florida 33010
Phone: (305) 883-5691
Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm

City of Hollywood:
2600 Hollywood Blvd., Room 103 (first floor)
Hollywood, Florida 33020
Phone: (954) 921-3225
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm

City of Miami:
444 SW 2nd Street, 6th Floor
Miami, Florida 33130
Phone: (305) 416-1918
Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm

City of Tamarac:
7525 NW 88th Avenue, Room 206
Tamarac, Florida 33321
Phone: (954) 597-3530

Please contact us if you would like further information on tips obtaining A Business Tax Receipt a/k/a Occupational License.

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