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To operate a business in the Town, you must first obtain a Business Tax Receipt, formerly called an occupational license. The Town licenses all persons, professions, trades, shops and occupations doing business in the Town, including persons who may operate businesses out of their homes. This includes all rental property owners and owners renting docks. 

Businesses operated in residential homes must comply with Home Occupation Regulations in the Town’s Code. The following requirements apply: 

  • Home offices must be secondary to the use of the dwelling for residential purposes.

  • Only the owner or occupant may operate a home office.

  • There shall be no display of goods or machinery.

  • No traffic shall be generated in greater volume than normally expected in a residential neighborhood.

  • All pick-ups and deliveries to the home office shall be done from vehicle that can park in the driveway and shall be limited to no more than three per day.

  • A home office may not exceed 20 percent of the living area of the dwelling.

The amount due for tax and fire inspection fee varies depending on the type of activity and square footage of the business. Contact Town staff to determine the amount of tax and fees due.

When you are finished completing the form, it must be mailed or delivered to Town Hall at 4501 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308. Staff will contact you to set up an appointment for an inspection of your business. 

Click here for a copy of the Business Tax Receipt Application.

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