Step 6: Obtain Licenses and Permits
Virtually every business needs some form of license or permit to operate legally. However, licensing and permit requirements vary depending on the type of business you are operating, where it’s located, and what government rules apply.
Business Tax Receipts (formerly known as occupational licenses) are required if you are operating a business in Pasco County or in one of it's Cities. Please visit the BTExpress Tax System to file for your business tax receipt online or, in person, at any of these Tax Collector Locations.
State of Florida Licenses
Review the following page to identify the specific licenses or permits your business may need.
To begin the application process, please visit: My Florida License Application
If your business is involved in activities supervised and regulated by a federal agency – such as selling alcohol, firearms, commercial fishing, etc. – then you may need to obtain a federal license or permit. Here is a brief list of business activities that require these forms and information on how to apply.
Who is a Contractor?
In general, the term "contractor" means the person who is qualified for, and shall only be responsible for, the project s/he is hired for. A contractor will include a person who submits a bid to, or physically works to construct, repair, alter, remodel, add to, demolish, subtract from, or improve any building or structure, including related improvements to real estate, for others/for resale to others/compensation.
Pasco County Contractors' Licenses
Pasco County requires a Contractor License, in addition to the State of Florida requirements, application be made and approved for the following types of contracting:
GROUP I: 1. General Contractor; 2. Building Contractor; 3. Residential Contractor; 4. Electrical Contractor; 5. Roofing Contractor; 6. Class A Air-Conditioning Contractor; 7. Class B Air-Conditioning Contractor; 8. Mechanical Contractor; 9. Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor; 10. Residential Pool/Spa Contractor; 11. Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing Contractor; 12. Plumbing Contractor; and 13. Sheet Metal Contractor.
GROUP II: 14. Aluminum Contractor, Structural; 15. Aluminum Specialty Contractor; 16. Concrete Contractor; 17. Masonry Contractor; 18. Sign Contractor, Electrical; 19. Sign Contractor, Non-Electrical; 20. Structural Steel Contractor; 21. Irrigation Sprinkler Contractor 22. Solar Energy Installation Contractor; 23. Drywall Contractor; 24. Tile, Marble, and Terrazzo Contractor; 25. Insulation Contractor; 26. Carpentry Contractor; 27. Finish Carpentry Contractor 28. Plastering and Stucco Contractor; 29. Glass and Glazing Contractor; 30. Hurricane Protection Contractor; 31. Garage Door Contractor; 32. Marine Contractor; 33. Painting Contractor; and 34. Demolition Contractor.
Building permits may also be necessary for your business or the property where it operates from. If you have any doubt, please contact our Central Permitting Office prior to starting work on your property.
Conveniently, many of our permitting services are now online. To apply for or track your permits, please click on the blue "Citizens Permitting and Licensing App" icon. For more information about online permitting please review this useful guide (PDF).
In addition, be sure the property is properly zoned to operate your business.
Please note that sometimes 'license' and 'permit' are used interchangeably, so take a look through the licensing tabs above.