Get a Business Tax Receipt

Are you opening a business in the City of Orlando?  

You must pay a tax to operate any business within city limits. A business tax receipt is proof of payment and it is required before a business opens.

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Step 1.Gather your information

  • If you are not using your legal first and last name as your business name, you will need to register with the State of Florida. Visit sunbiz.org to register before applying for your business tax receipt.
  • If the state regulates your profession, go to the appropriate site:  
  • If you are operating a business in your residence, additional information is required. You will also need to:
    • Provide a sketch with dimensions of the floor plan and label each room and the area to be used for the business.
    • Get a notarized letter of approval from the property owner or property manager. Condo owners need a notarized letter from the Home Owner’s Association or property manager.
    • Pay an additional $50 one-time processing fee.

Step 2.Fill out an application

Our online business permitting guide will tell you if you can operate your business at that location. Select "Choose Permits" and then "Business Tax" from the Permit Catalog to get started.

Complete the Application

Step 3.We'll review your application

Our staff will send an email confirmation to you when we receive your application. Within 10 business days, we will send you a billing summary once we have processed your application. It will include payment instructions.

Step 4.Get an Orange County business tax receipt

All businesses must have both city and county business tax receipts. The Orange County Tax Collector's Office is located on the 16th floor of the SunTrust Center at 200 South Orange Avenue, Orlando. Their phone number is 407.845.6200. 

Step 5.Don't forget to renew your business tax receipt

All Business Tax Receipts expire September 30. Invoices will be emailed August 3 (if you opted out of email you will receive an invoice in the mail during the week of August 3.) See our Permit Payment Guide for payment instructions.
 
Payment is due no later than October 1. Each business is given an option of paying later with a delinquency penalty. In October, the penalty is 10 percent of the Business Tax Receipt fee; November, 15 percent; December, 20 percent; or January, 25 percent. After February 1, an additional late-payment penalty of $250 will be applied to any unpaid Business Tax Receipt renewal. Failure to receive an invoice is not an excuse for nonpayment.