Local Business Tax Receipts

The Local Business Tax Receipt Division is responsible for the issuance of all Local Business Tax Receipts. The Division also issues Door to Door Solicitation Permits.

To make Business Tax Renewal payments - Contact the Business Tax dept. directly at (386) 986-3766.

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Who Needs a Business Tax Receipt?

The City of Palm Coast Code of Ordinances, Chapter 16 defines a business as any activity, enterprise, profession, joint venture, or occupation whether or not for profit conducted within the city, of such nature that it provides either a product or a service to patrons, clients or customers. This includes every business operation advertised at an address within the city by sign, newspaper, or other media.

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Local Business Tax Receipt Application

All applicants, except new commercial construction, must complete the Declaration for Renovations and Remodeling and submit it with your application. This form will be reviewed by our Planning/Zoning department and Building department for approval.

Local Business Tax Receipt Administrative Review Form

Solicitors desiring to sell or offer for sale any goods, wares, merchandise, services or property, door-to-door or place-to-place except to businesses and commercial establishments in the City of Palm Coast must first obtain a Solicitors Permit. A Solicitors Permit application must be made in person and requires a valid City of Palm Coast Business Tax Receipt along with Government Issued identification. Solicitation Permits require a criminal background check. Real estate brokers and sales associates are exempt from the background check provided that they can supply a copy of their Florida real estate license. Solicitors Permits are valid for 1 year from issuance. There is a $55.00 administrative fee associated with this permit. Solicitors must fill out an application for the permit at Palm Coast City Hall 

Business Scenarios

Newly Constructed Commercial Locations

Businesses operating from newly constructed commercial locations in the City of Palm Coast, please attach your Certificate of Occupancy (obtained from the Building Department (386)986-3780) with your Business Tax Receipt application.

Locations Outside of the City

For businesses with locations outside of the City of Palm Coast, a Local Business Tax Receipt may be required. A business performing a service in Palm Coast will need to present a copy of their current Business Tax Receipt from the City/County their business is located in order to obtain a City of Palm Coast Local Business Tax Receipt. To help determine if a Local Business Tax Receipt is required, contact us.

State Licenses

Some occupations require confirmation of State licensing prior to issuance of the Local Business Tax Receipt.

 ***If you are a Certified Contractor with the Department of Business & Professional Regulation and the business address is not in the City of Palm Coast, you are exempt from obtaining a Local Business Tax Receipt.***

Questions regarding State Licensing requirements for occupations such as contractors, electricians, plumbers, roofers, realtors, cosmetology, restaurants and hotels etc. should be directed to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Give them a call at (850) 487-1395 or visit their website for more information.

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The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the regulation of health practitioners for the preservation of the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The Licensing and Regulation section provides information relating to professional, facility, and permit licensing along with information on enforcement.

Licensing and Regulation

Businesses such as sellers of travel, health studios, telemarketing, dance studios, pawnshops, motor vehicle repair shops and intrastate moving companies, pest control, etc. are regulated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Contact the Florida Division of Consumer Services at (800) 435-7452 or visit their website.

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Additional Resources

The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners established the Contractor Review Board to ensure proper administration of contractor licensing and discipline of licenses. For contracting issues within the City of Palm Coast contact Code Enforcement at (386) 986-3764.

The Florida Division of Consumer Services is to protect, inform & empower Florida's consumers and businesses while promoting a positive business environment. For more information, contact the Division of Consumer Services at (800) 435-7352 or visit their website.

The Better Business Bureau is a business-sponsored, non-profit organization promoting ethical standards of business practices for the protection of the general public through voluntary self-regulation and monitoring activities. If you suspect consumer fraud or would like to receive more information or file a complaint, contact the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida at (904) 721-2288 or visit their website.

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