|Prior to doing business in South Pasadena, you will need a Business Tax Receipt (Formerly known as an "Occupational License"). A Business Tax Receipt (BTR), is an annual business tax for all businesses, professionals and individuals who accept compensation for merchandise or services who are located in the city limits of South Pasadena.
BTR's fall under many different types of classifications and each classification has different requirements, as well as different costs. Prior to obtaining a BTR, you must first complete an Application of Business Occupancy Form and submit this to the Fire Department, so a Fire Safety Inspection can be completed. This form can be found here and needs to be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once approved, the BTR Application can be filled out and taken to the Community Improvement Department where they will calculate any fees associated with your business and issue your license.
Please take a moment to look through the general information we have provided below for any questions you may have in regards to BTR's. If you have any additional questions, please call the Community Improvement Department at (727)-343-4192 and please ask for Ashley Wagner, Certified Business Tax Official.
What is a local business tax?
Businesses or persons conducting a business and/or providing a service within the City of South Pasadena must have a Local Business Tax (formerly known as an Occupational License).
Who is required to pay the local business tax?
As outlined in Chapter 146 of the City of South Pasadena Code of Ordinances, anyone who transacts any business or engages in any occupation or profession within the city limits of South Pasadena is required to pay the Local Business Tax.
Persons located outside the City of South Pasadena but conducting a business and/or providing a service within the city must also register and show proof of registration of the Business Tax from the municipality in which the business is actually located.
What about home-based businesses?
The city does permit a business to be run out of your home as long as it meets the City of South Pasadena Code of Ordinances outlined in Chapter 130-30. A home-based business must file an application and will also receive a Local Business Tax Receipt.
What does it cost?
Fees are based on the type of business and will be assessed at the time of the submittal of the application. To ensure that you are paying the correct amount, you may check our Business Tax Fees or call our office at (727)-343-4192.
What do you need for your Local Business Tax?
- Completed Application of Business Occupancy approved from the Fire Department
- Completed BTR Application
- Attached copy of the fictitious name registration (if applicable)
- Attached copy(s) of State or County certifications/licenses (if applicable)
- Federal Employer ID # OR Social Security #
- Sales Tax # (if applicable)
How long is my Business Tax Receipt good for? Does it require renewal?
No Business Tax Receipt shall be issued for a period less than six (6) months except as herein otherwise specifically stated. Yes, the Business Tax Receipt requires renewal. All local business taxes imposed, except as otherwise expressly provided, shall be due and payable on the first day of October of each year and shall expire on the 30th day of September of the succeeding year.
Due dates and penalities
All local business taxes shall be due and payable on October 1 of each year and business tax receipts shall expire on September 30 of the succeeding year. Those local business taxes not renewed by October 1 shall be considered delinquent and subject to a delinquency penalty of 10% for the month of October, plus an additional five-percent penalty each month thereafter until paid. However, the total delinquency penalty shall not exceed 25% of the local business tax fee for the delinquent establishment.
Any person engaging in or managing any business, occupation or profession wihtout first obtaining a Business Tax Receipt, if required hereunder, shall be subject to a penalty of 25% of the business tax.
Florida Fictitious Name Registration
This registration must be completed prior to an application for a Business Tax Receipt. This does not apply to corporations or to those certified with DB&PR. You may register on-line at www.sunbiz.org or contact them at (850) - 245- 6000
Federal Employer Identification Number / Social Security Number
Florida Statutes require that you provide us with either your business' Federal Employer Identification number or your social secuity number. You can apply online here for an Employer Identification number or contact them at 1-800-829-4933
State Sales Tax Number
To apply for a state sales tax number, contact: Department of Revenue, Sales Tax Division, 19337 US Highway 19 N., Suite 200, Clearwater FL 34624-3149 For more information visit the Florida Department of Revenue or contact them at 727-538-7400
If you wish to file as a corporation, contact: The Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, PO Box 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314. For more information visit the Division of Corporations or contact them at 850-245-6000
State of Florida - www.myflorida.com
Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) - www.myfloridalicense.com
Health License Search/Florida Health Department - www.doh.state.fl.us
Division of Corporations - www.sunbiz.org
Department of Financial Services - www.fldfs.com
Florida State Legislature - www.leg.state.fl.us
Department of Agriculture - www.freshfromflorida.com
Division of Consumer Services - www.800helpfla.com
Department of Revenue - www.dor.myflorida.com/dor
Office of Financial Regulation - www.flofr.com
Florida Division of Hotesl and Restaurants - www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/
Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board - www.pcclb.com
Florida League of Cities - www.flcities.com
Chapter 146: Business Tax Receipts
146-2. Business tax receipt required; procedure.
No person, corporation, association, firm or business shall be granted an initial business tax receipt without first having obtained an application for business tax receipt form from the Licensing Clerk and having completed and deposited it with the Licensing Clerk.
|146-4. Due date and expiration date.
All local business taxes imposed, except as otherwise expressly provided, shall be due and payable on the first day of October of each year and shall expire on the 30th day of September of the succeeding year.
146-5. Minimum period.
No business tax receipt shall be issued for a period of less than six (6) months except as herein otherwise specifically stated.
146-6. Half-year business tax receipt
For each business tax receipt renewed and for each new receipt issued between October 1 and September 30 of each year, the full amount of the local business tax hereby imposed shall be paid, except the Business Tax Clerk shall be authorized to issue a new business tax receipt after April 1 on a half year basis, and the fee for the local business tax shall be 1/2 of the amount shown in the schedule of fees provided for in Part III of this chapter.
146-7. Dates due; penalties.
The right to revoke any business tax receipt issued under the provisions of this Chapter for proper cause is reserved to the City, and such revocation shall be made at the Direction of the City Commission after due notice is given to the business tax receipt holder and opportunity for a hearing of the charges has been given to such business tax receipt holder.
|146-9. Sworn statements; when required.
Every person required to have a business tax receipt shall at all times conspicuously display such receipt in his place of business, and when the receipt holder does not have a place of business, he shall be prepared at all times while engaged in his occupation to display his receipt for inspection by any Code Enforcement Officer of the City as that term is defined in § 1-16C of this Code and to any law enforcement officer.