Step 6: Obtain Licenses and Permits

Business Licenses

Virtually every business needs some form of license or permit to operate legally. However, licensing and permit requirements vary depending on the type of business you are operating, where it’s located, and what government rules apply. 

Business Tax Receipts (formerly known as occupational licenses) are required if you are operating a business in Pasco County or in one of it's Cities. Please visit the BTExpress Tax System to file for your business tax receipt online or, in person, at any of these Tax Collector Locations.

  1. State
  2. Federal
  3. Contractors

State of Florida Licenses

Review the following page to identify the specific licenses or permits your business may need.

To begin the application process, please visit: My Florida License Application


Building permits may also be necessary for your business or the property where it operates from.  If you have any doubt, please contact our Central Permitting Office prior to starting work on your property. 

Conveniently, many of our permitting services are now online. To apply for or track your permits, please click on the blue "Citizens Permitting and Licensing App" icon.  For more information about online permitting please review this useful guide (PDF).

In addition, be sure the property is properly zoned to operate your business. 

Please note that sometimes 'license' and 'permit' are used interchangeably, so take a look through the licensing tabs above.

Citizens Permitting and Licensing App

Accela Citizens Access

Contact Us | Office of Economic Growth
8731 Citizens Dr. Suite 350 | New Port Richey, FL 34654
David Engel Economic Growth Director | | 727-815-7092 x8274
Steve Smith Business Analyst | | 727-815-7092 x8829

Rich Jenkins | Program Manager | | 727-815-7092 x2350
Rebecca Singh | Program Coordinator | | 727-815-7092 x7848