Business Tax Receipts

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Doing Business in St. Pete

The Business Tax Division is part of The Billing & Collections Department. We are responsible for the issuance and collection of all Business Tax Receipts. The local Business Tax Receipt (in accordance with Chapter 205 of the Florida Statutes & Chapter 17 of the city code) grants the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation within our jurisdiction.

Business Tax Renewal

Business Tax Receipts expire on September 30th of each year. Although the City normally mails renewal notices during July of each year, the tax is due on or before September 30th regardless of whether a renewal notice was received. To avoid a late charge penalty, payment must be received by the Business Tax Division office no later than September 30th. 

Renew License Online

Business owners must have their mailed or emailed renewal notice that provides the necessary numbers in order to complete an online renewal payment. If there are any changes to the business name, type of work, ownership, phone number, mailing information, or address, the renewal must be done by mail or in person.

New Business

Before doing business in St. Petersburg, business owners need to obtain a Business Tax Receipt, formerly known as an Occupational License. This is an annual business tax for all businesses, professionals, independent contractors, and individuals who accept compensation for merchandise or services who are located in the city limits of St. Petersburg. Applications and forms can be found below.

Business Classification

City of St. Petersburg business tax receipts are assessed according to the type of business classification. Additional factors used in calculating your business tax are the number of dwelling units, number of employees, total inventory located in city limits at your cost, number of students in your largest class, number of vehicles in your fleet, parking spaces, or square footage. Please note that your business may fall under more than one business classification.

Subcodes and Associated Classifications

Business Tax Application

The Business Tax Division provides Business certificate receipts for more than 400 business classifications. These classifications have different requirements, as well as different costs.

Click Requirements & More below for additional services. 

Business Tax Application

Applications & Forms