Running a business in Florida involves several licenses and permits. From day one, business owners must handle all statutory and administrative requirements to ensure full legal compliance. In this article, you will have an overview of how much the main business licenses cost in Florida.
How Much Does a Business License Cost in Florida? – In Detail
Business Registration Fees
The process required to register a company with the Florida Department of State involves several fees. For example, if you are forming a new corporate business in Florida, the following expenses may apply:
- Business name registration fee – $35
- Filing fee – $35
- Registered Agent fee – $35
- Articles of Incorporation fee – $8
- Certified Copy (optional) – $75
General Business License
While the state of Florida requires no statewide license for businesses to operate, cities and counties across the state have their own licensing regulations. Local governments often require business owners to obtain a general business license.
Also referred to as a “business tax receipt,” the cost of a general business license varies depending on the city/county, the type of business, and the company’s zoning situation on the location.
A seller’s permit allows you to collect taxes on goods and services and remit them to the Florida Department of Revenue. The application process is simple, as you can either file the required forms online or download and submit them by mail.
If you choose to apply online, there is no fee. Conversely, registering by mail requires you to pay a $5 fee. Please note that other business registration fees may apply.
Zoning laws vary across the state of Florida. One of the standard zoning permits required from companies is the Certificate of Use. This document assures that the business is established in the right zoning district and its structure was built for the proposed business activity.
Similar to other local licenses, the cost of zoning permits varies significantly. Generally, the total fee includes a filing fee and the amount paid for the required permit to the city or county.
Licenses for Regulated Activities and Professions
Specific activities and professions are regulated by Florida law, which requires business owners to obtain special licensing. Several government bodies are charged with professional regulation and licensing in Florida, including:
- The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)
- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
- The Florida Department of Health
In such cases, licensing costs vary depending on the regulated activity or profession and the privileges granted by the license.
For example, if you want to distribute wine, spirits, and malt beverages to vendors and distributors in Florida, you need to apply for a KLD license with the DBPR, which costs $4,000.
As it is plain to see, licensing costs are not limited to filing fees or similar expenses, but also include the amount paid by applicants to meet the requirements to obtain a specific license.
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