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Guide to Obtaining An Orange County Business Tax Receipts
- The County business tax receipt process begins at the Business Tax Department located
on the 2nd Floor, 201 South Rosalind Ave. Orlando, Florida.
- An application for Orange County business tax receipt must contain:
- Applicant's notarized signature. Proof of identification with signature will be
required for comparison.
- Any state/count licenses or certifications (or competency cards) when appropriate.
- Any other jurisdictions required business tax receipt.
- Applications for business tax receipt within Orange County (outside municipalities)
must also be accompanied by the following:
- The complete legal description of the property where the business will be located.
- The property owner’s name and address.
Business Tax Receipt Requirements
There are thirteen municipalities within Orange County. If a business will be located
within city limits, two receipts are required, one from the city and one from County.
When two licenses are required, the city license must be obtained first. The applicant
must bring a receipt from the city to the Orange County Local Business Tax Office.
The cities that issue business tax receipts are: Apopka, Belle Isle, Eatonville,
Edgewood, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, and Winter
Park. (The cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista do not issue Business Tax Receipt.
An Local Business Tax Receipt must be obtained from Orange County)
Business Tax Receipt Requirements Within Orange County
STEP 1: BUSINESS TAX DEPARTMENT
- A business code is assigned
- Applicant is advised that approval will be required from the Orange County Public
Health Unit if the business plans to use a septic tank.
STEP 2: ZONING DEPARTMENT
- Determines whether or not the zoning classification is correct for the proposed
- Checks the comprehensive police plan for consistency.
- Fee charged for application review.
Step 3 is required if the business is utilizing a septic tank. If the business is
not utilizing a septic tank, omit Step 3 and 4. Move on to step 5.
STEP 3: HEALTH AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES OF ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT/ENVIRONMENTAL
Prior to the issuance of an Local Business Tax Receipt, state law requires that
the Orange County Public Health Unit inspect and approve any building or locations
that uses an existing septic tank and or those that propose the use of a septic
tank. (APPLICABLE FEES WILL APPLY)
STEP 4: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH UNIT:
The Orange County Public Health Unit/Environmental Health will forward a copy of
the land use permit to the Orange County Environmental Protection Department. If
the facilities have the potential for industrial, toxic or hazardous waste production
and are serviced by an on-site sewage disposal system. The Environmental Protection
Division will inspect to determine if an in-ground monitoring well is required.
STEP 5: BUSINESS TAX DEPARTMENT:
- Applicant submits written approval from the Orange County Public Health Unit if
septic tanks are used.
- Applicant signs disclaimer on business tax application.
- Applicant pays fees and license is issued.
What Happens After A Business Tax Receipt Is Issued?
The issuance of an business tax receipt does not authorize the right to occupy a
building. Prior to occupancy, each tenant must obtain a Certificate of Occupancy
from the Building Department.
Guide To Obtaining A Certificate Of Occupancy
An business tax receipt allows a business to operate at a specific address or on
a specific piece of property.
A Use Permit is issued to generate a Certificate of Occupancy which allows a business
to occupy a specific building or section of a building.
Documents needed for a Use Permit:
- Copy of business tax application
- Scaled/dimensional floor plan
- Property owner's name, address, and telephone number
When you bring the above documents to the Plans Coordination Section of the Building
Department, a Use Permit will be issued and an inspection will need to be scheduled.
The inspection can be scheduled for the following work day or a day of your choice,
upon request. The inspection may be scheduled by calling the automated system at
407-836-2825 or the office line at 407-836-5550.
The inspectors' hours are Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Someone must be present during those times on the day of the inspection to grant
access to the inspector.
To obtain your Certificate of Occupancy, call the Records Department at 407-836-5768
one working day after the passed inspection. Please be ready to give us your building
permit number which is located in the upper right hand corner of your building permit
receipt beginning with the letter B.
If you have any questions, please contact Plans Coordination at 407-836-5760 Monday
through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Health and Rehabilitative Services/Orange County Public Health
Unit Environmental Health:
A $50.00 application fee is required for the existing systems verifications. Additional
permit fees will be required if the existing septic facilities are required to be
Environmental Protection Division:
A $50.00 Hazardous Waste Fee is charged.
Business Tax Fee
Fees appropriate for the type of business, according to the county's approved fee
schedule, are charged by the Local Business Tax Office at the time the license is
issued. The charges are in addition to all other fees charged by the various divisions.
Information regarding the land use permit process may be obtained by contacting
the appropriate department at the numbers listed below:
Business Tax Department (407)-836-5650
Zoning Department (407)-836-5525
FDOH/Orange County Public Health Unit:
- Environmental Health Section (407)-836-2550
- Environmental Protection Division (407)-836-1400
- Plans Coordination Section (407)-836-5760