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Commercial Business Tax Receipt & Certificate of Use


Opening a Business in a Commercial Location

If you are a first time applicant wishing to conduct a business out of a commercial or industrial location, a Business Tax Receipt is required and can be obtained in 5 simple steps.  For home businesses or a Landlord license, please see below.

Step 1 - Verify Allowance and standards:  Determine where you would like to operate your business.  Consult the Planning & Zoning Department to verify that your proposed business is located inside the City limits and is zoned appropriately for the property in question by filling out a New Business Information Form.

Step 2 - Application and Plan Requirements:  Download and complete the Commercial Business Tax Receipt Application Packet in its entirety.

Step 3- Submit:    Submit the completed application, associated documents, and fees by one of the following ways:

  • In Person:  City Hall – Planning & Zoning Department in person, Building A 1st Floor between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday;
  • By Mail:  City of St. Cloud, 1300 9th Street, Attn. Licensing, St. Cloud, FL  34769

Step 4- Staff Review:  Staff will review the proposed request for compliance with City standards and will offer any applicable comments.

Step 5- License Inspection & Issuance:  Once approved, staff will schedule an inspection with the Fire Marshal and obtain approval.  After receiving your BTR and COU, it must be displayed conspicuously at your place of business and in such a manner as to be open to the view of the public and subject to inspection by all duly authorized officers of the City.

There are certain types of businesses that are required to show a state license, registration or other certification to obtain a new local BTR and COU. 

Any changes to an existing business must be reported to the City Planning & Zoning Department.  If a change of ownership has taken place, a notarized bill of sale must be presented to change the ownership of an existing business.  If you discontinue (close) your business, contact the Planning & Zoning Department to inactivate your account.

The following links can be used for application and assistance:

For more information about how the Planning & Zoning Department can assist you or your business, please call 407.957-8422, email us at  or stop by the office located in Building A of St. Cloud City Hall.