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All businesses must have the proper registrations, licenses or permits before they can legally open for business. Businesses are subject to municipal, county, state and federal requirements. Regulations vary by industry, so it's very important to understand the licensing rules where your business is located.


All businesses are required to have an annual inspection and receive a Life Safety Operating Permit  from Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department.

Local Business Tax Receipt
All businesses operating within Miami-Dade County are required to obtain a Miami-Dade County Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as Occupational License). If your business is located within a municipality, you will need a Business Tax Receipt from the County and the municipality.

Certificate of Use
Prior to opening a business in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, a Certificate of Use (Zoning Permit) is required, to ensure that the business is allowed to operate within its zoning district. If your business will be located within a municipality, you will need to check the local zoning requirements.

Industry-Specific Licenses
If you are opening a business in certain industries, you will have to apply for additional licenses and permits through Miami-Dade Consumer Services. Local contractors and tradesmen will have to apply for contractor licensing through the County's building division.

Construction Permits
Building permits are issued in the name of the person(s) performing the work. Only license contractors or owner-builders may obtain a permit. 

Environmental Operating Permits
A new business may require approvals from Miami-Dade County for Land Use Regulations, Sewer Capacity Certification, or certain operations.

Operating Permits


The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations provides required licenses for a number professions and industries doing business in the State of Florida. Visit their website to see if you will need to apply.


If your business is involved in activities that are regulated by the federal government, you may be required to obtain a federal license.

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