Business Tax Receipt

Business Building on Street at Night

Every year over 500 new businesses open in the City of North Miami Beach. In addition, numerous individual professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, and mortgage brokers obtain a Business Tax Receipt to practice at an existing business in the city.

The Mayor and City Commissioners have had a long-standing policy of supporting business growth in the city. As a part of that policy, the city strives to make the process of opening a business and obtaining a Business Tax Receipt as easy as possible.

Obtaining a Business Tax Receipt

At the core of the process of opening a business is applying for a Business Tax Receipt at the Business Tax Receipt Division. In addition to submitting your application, you will need to provide certain documentation which varies depending on the type of business (e.g. retail store, restaurant, office), you wish to file (e.g. corporation, partnership, sole proprietor), as well as the proposed location of the business. The fee for the Business Tax Receipt varies depending on the type and how your business will be conducted.

Whenever the sale of food is involved, the business will be required to provide proof of state licensing from the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and or an initial inspection report from said agencies. Please be aware that any business or individual applying for a Business Tax Receipt will need to show proof of said license prior to issuance.

Is Location Properly Zoned?

Another important step is ensuring that the proposed location for the business is in a zoning district where the type of business is permitted. We encourage you to check whether the property is zoned for your type of business. Please contact our Community Development Department at 305-948-2966 or schedule an appointment to meet with our knowledgeable staff members. This will not only assure that the use is permitted but will also assist in expediting your process.

Does Occupancy Meet Florida Building Code?

Lastly, the building in which the business will be located must be in compliance with the Florida Building Code as it relates to a change of occupancy. Certain types of occupancy, for example, restaurants, can only go into structures that comply with the code for restaurants. For more information, contact the Building Division at 305-948-2965. Our Building Division reserves the right to inspect all properties pertaining to a completed Business Tax Receipt application. An approval from Miami-Dade County Resources Management (DERM) may be required for Building Division approval of your Business Tax Receipt application. For more information in regards to DERM please visit the Miami Dade website.