Business licenses (known as a Business Tax Certificate) are issued through the Treasure Island Finance Department. Once obtained, the Business Tax certificate should be displayed at the place of business and in such a manner as to be open to the view of the public and subject to inspection.
Licenses are valid for each fiscal year beginning on October 1 and expiring on September 30. In mid-July to early August, courtesy renewal notices are mailed to each registered business and the appropriate license tax must be paid before October 1. If a business does not receive a renewal, it remains the responsibility of the business owner to ensure the license is renewed prior to October 1.
STATE REGULATED PROFESSIONALS AND BUSINESSES
Professionals and businesses, such as physicians, engineers, real estate firms, mortgage brokers, restaurants, etc., must submit current State Certificates when applying for a new Local Business Tax Receipt. State information: 850-487-1395. The Local Business Tax is due for any state licensed professional engaging in the practice for that profession. This does not relieve the requirement of paying the Local Business Tax for the business being operated.
All businesses dealing with food must have a permit from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, State Agriculture Department or the State Health Department. State information: (850) 487-1395.
Businesses such as sellers of travel, health studios, telemarketing, dance studios, pawn shops, motor vehicle repair shops and intrastate moving companies are regulated by the Florida Division of Consumer Services. They must show evidence of registration when applying for the Local Business Tax. For questions regarding licensing requirements, contact the Florida Division of Consumer Services at (800) 435-7352 or visit their website at www.800helpfla.com.