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How 20 to Open Business

How 20 to Open Business

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 MIAMI
BEACH
 
FLORIDA’S
24-HOUR
MARKETPLACE
 
HOSPITALITY | HEALTH CARE | RETAIL | TV/MUSIC | FINANCIAL SERVICES | INFO TECH | REAL ESTATE
We are committed to providing excellent public service and safety to all who live, work, and play in our vibrant, tropical, historic community 
 
City of Miami Beach,
1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, www.miamibeachfl.gov
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT 
Tel: 305.673.7193 , Fax: 305.673.7033
OPENING A BUSINESS IN MIAMI BEACH
Contents
General Information
This section contains information on business structure, zoning compliance, trademarks and other generalinformation that should be reviewed prior to beginning the process of opening a business in Miami Beach.
Pre-Application Requirements
The pre-application requirements that are described in this section are items that all businesses should complete
prior 
to applying to the City of Miami Beach for a Certificate of Use and Occupational License.
Change of Use / Occupancy
This section provides general information on determining if your business requires a change of use and/oroccupancy.
Conditional Use
This section describes what a Conditional Use is, and the directions on how to determine if your proposedbusiness activity requires conditional use approval.
Additional Business Requirements
Certain businesses have additional requirements which must be satisfied prior to the issuance of an occupationallicense. Check this section for your proposed business activity.
Additional Business Requirements for Alcohol, Restaurant and Entertainment Establishments
This section lists the additional requirements that must be satisfied by alcoholic beverage establishments,restaurants, and entertainment establishments prior to the issuance of an occupational license.
General Business Guidelines
This section provides information on other guidelines and regulations that may impact your business, includingsignage, building permits and design review, sanitation, promotion, and property maintenance.
Business Resources
This section provides website addresses and telephone numbers for the agencies that have jurisdiction overvarious elements of the process of opening a business.
 
 MIAMI
BEACH
 
FLORIDA’S
24-HOUR
MARKETPLACE
 
HOSPITALITY | HEALTH CARE | RETAIL | TV/MUSIC | FINANCIAL SERVICES | INFO TECH | REAL ESTATE
We are committed to providing excellent public service and safety to all who live, work, and play in our vibrant, tropical, historic community 
 
General Information
Starting a Business in Miami Beach
The City of Miami Beach has undergone an incredible transformation in the last decade with investors andentrepreneurs around the world capitalizing on the City’s success. A major reason for Miami Beach’s success isthe high standards consistently maintained to protect and enhance the city’s beauty. We welcome your desire tojoin our diverse and growing business community. This guide is a reference tool designed to assist Miami Beachbusinesses in following local codes and regulations. Guide highlights include information on opening a newbusiness and required maintenance. Prior to applying for an Occupational License, the applicant should reviewthe guide, specifically sections entitled “Pre-Application Requirements” and “Additional Business Requirements.”Information regarding application requirements is included. This guide will also provide you with direction if yourproposed business activity requires a Conditional Use Permit, or if you are planning renovations to the businesslocation.
Before Entering into a Commercial Lease and/or Contract to Purchase
Zoning Compliance 
Make sure that the type of business you propose is permissible in the location you have chosen. The PlanningDepartment can provide you with information about which uses are permitted in the different zoningclassifications throughout the City. For more information, call the Planning Department at 305-673-7550.
Concurrency Compliance 
Check to determine if your proposed project will increase the site demand on roads, water, drainage, sewer,parks and other City services and facilities. New development and redevelopment projects and changes of usemay result in the assessment of a concurrency mitigation fee. For more information, call the Transportation andConcurrency Management Division at 305-673-7514.
Franchise and Business Opportunities
Under Federal Trade Commission rules, anyone selling a franchise or business opportunity must give the buyer adetailed disclosure document. Florida law requires seller to file certain information and pay a filing fee. Foradditional information when buying or selling a franchise or business opportunity, contact the Department ofAgriculture and Consumer Services, 800-435-7352 or visitwww.800helpfla.com.
Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships and Corporations
Your first decision as a business owner is to determine the legal structure of your business. Your choice determineswhat kind of taxes the business must pay, who’s liable and what forms are necessary. There are four mainchoices: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation or Limited Liability Company. In a sole proprietorship, theowner has absolute authority over all business decisions. In a partnership, two or more partners share control ofthe business. Contact the Florida Department of State for more information at 850-488-9000 or visit them onlineatwww.sunbiz.org. If you are forming an S corporation, you must also file with the Internal RevenueService. Call 800-829-1040 or check online atwww.irs.gov.
State and Federal Trademarks
A trademark or service mark may be registered with the Florida Division of Corporations for use and protectiononly in the state of Florida. For protection of your trademark in the entire U.S., including Florida, you must registerit with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For information about registering in Florida, call 850-245-6051 orcheck the Division of Corporation’s website atwww.sunbiz.org. For information regarding federal registration,contact the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 800-786-9199 or visit them online at www.uspto.gov.
 
 MIAMI
BEACH
 
FLORIDA’S
24-HOUR
MARKETPLACE
 
HOSPITALITY | HEALTH CARE | RETAIL | TV/MUSIC | FINANCIAL SERVICES | INFO TECH | REAL ESTATE
We are committed to providing excellent public service and safety to all who live, work, and play in our vibrant, tropical, historic community 
 
Certificate of Use and Occupational License
All business owners are required to obtain both a City of Miami Beach Certificate of Use and an OccupationalLicense to operate a business within the City. Operating a business without a license is prohibited. A
 
Miami-Dade County Occupational License (305-270-4949) must also be obtained. For more information, call theFinance Department’s Occupational Licensing Office at 305-673-7420 or 305-673-7590.The Occupational License year begins October 1 and expires September 30. Fee collections for new businessesare prorated as follows: October 1 to April 30, full-year fee; May 1 – June 30, half-year fee; and July 1 –September 30, quarter-year fee.A Certificate of Use (C.U.) is a pre-requisite to the issuance of a City of Miami Beach Occupational License. TheC.U. fee must be submitted at the time of application and each year thereafter by May 31. Inspections by theBuilding Department, Fire Department, Planning Department, and others, must occur following the submission ofan application. Application
 
must be either made on-line atwww.miamibeachfl.govor in person at City Hall,Licensing Office, 1700 Convention Center Drive, first floor.A License Fee exemption is available for persons 65 years of age and older and a reduction is available forDisabled U.S. Military Veterans.
Miami-Dade County Occupational License
Section 8A-171 of the Miami Dade County Code requires a County Occupational License in addition to theCity License.
Application Requirements:
o
 
Business Name
o
 
Business Address
o
 
Type of Business
o
 
Corp/Owner’s Name
o
 
Federal Employer Identification Card or Social Security Card
o
 
Applicants not using full legal name must present fictitious name and/or corporate documents.
o
 
Miami Beach Occupational License
o
 
Certificate of Registration of the corporation must be submitted
o
 
If business is regulated by a State or County Agency, copy of current license or certificateObtain your County License at: Miami Dade County Occupational License, 140 W. Flagler Street, Suite1407, Miami, FL 33130, (305) 270-4949 phone or (305) 372-6368 fax.
 

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