Commercial Properties- Local Business Tax

Obtaining A Commercial Local Business Tax License


Prior to the issuance of any Certificate of Use and Business Tax Receipt, the applicant shall comply with the following requirements: 

  1. Complete application and submit to the Community & Economic Development for its review (New Tenant Application/No Changes). While the permit process is being review, the Certificate of Use application will be assigned a process number and a processing fee will be collected by the cashier in the amount of $167.00 at the time of submittal. Business Tax Receipt Application must be submitted at the same time for review and assess pertinent fee(s). A list of business types is provided on Page 2 of the Miami-Dade Certificate of Use for Municipal Approval.
  2. For your fire inspection, contact Miami Dade County Fire Rescue Department at (786) 331-4800 (for faster processing, press option #2 and wait on the line for assistance. Representative will provide further instructions on how to schedule the required safety inspection). Or email  at mdfrfpgeneral@miamidade.gov
  3. Once the Certificate of Use receives a process number from the department, the designated employee will determine if the approval from the Environmental Resource Management aka DERM will be required. In the event that approval from DERM is required, the applicant must complete the Miami-Dade County Municipal Application for Certificate of Use/Occupancy License (attached to this package) and either take the application for their review and approval stamp the office is located at 11805 SW 26 Street (Coral Way) Miami, FL 33175, phone (786) 315-2800 or can be electronically submitted by clicking HERE.  For any associated fees, please contact DERM directly. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00pm. DERM’s approval process may be obtained while waiting for Miami-Dade Fire inspection.
  4. Once DERM has approved and has stamped the Certificate of Use application, bring it together with the approved fire inspection report, this report from Miami-Dade County Fire Department may be forward via email to mrodriguez@palmettobay-fl.gov 
  5. Once the Building Permit application is ready for pick up, inspections must be schedule in order to close respective permit. After inspections are approved, applicant must submit permit card (yellow card) along with the Certificate of Completion/ Occupancy form therefore, to receive certificate.
  6. Once Certificate of Completion is issued, a copy of the certificate will be provided to the zoning personnel in order to proceed with the Certificate of Use and the Business Tax Receipt.
  7. Applicant may request to pick up license(s) and certificates once they are ready or specify to be sent by mail.
  8. As a courtesy, the Community & Economic Development suggests the applicant to contact Miami-Dade County Local Business Tax Department located in Downtown at 200 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33128 or www.miamidade.gov

Required Applications

Click links below to access the required applications. Once submitted, you will be contacted to confirm receipt and at that time you will also be informed of any missing applications or documents.

Important Information

For the Community & Economic Development to be able to process your Certificate of Use and Local Business Tax Receipt, it is necessary that the applications be complete and include all required attachments. During the process reviewing submitted applications, the applicant(s) may be asked to submit additional information. The Village does not guarantee a certificate or license upon submission of your application. Submission of an application for this process or a Certificate of Completion/Occupancy does not imply consent to operate your business therefore, you shall not conduct any business until a Certificate of Use and Local Business Tax Receipt is issued. The Village may not be held responsible for improvements you make at the location prior to all approvals given for the issuance of Certificate of Use and your Local Business Tax Receipt. Proper permits must be obtained for all alterations, remodeling, change of occupancy and repairs affecting the electrical, plumbing, mechanical or building structure.

The following are the requirements for new tenants for same use/same occupancy with no changes to the unit. 

  • Permit Application (signed and notarized by property owner)
  • Current Use
  • Proposed Use
  • Square Footage of the Unit
  • Owner/ Builder Affidavit
  • Authorization letter from the property owner, stating no construction or modifications have occur previously/ currently in the unit
  • Two (2) floor plans/ sketch detail showing existing location of restrooms and water fountain
  • Final Certificate of Completion/Occupancy will be required
  • Final fire inspection approval
  1. Morelia Rodriguez

    Zoning Administrator
    Phone: 305-259-1252