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400 SouthFederal Highway
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
(954) 457-1341
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 Business Tax Receipt

The Local Business Tax , a privilege tax imposed by City Ordinance on Section 18-31 of the Hallandale Beach City Code, provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, conduct or manage any business in the City without first applying for a City of Hallandale Beach Business Tax Receipt. Every person, firm, partnership, or corporation engaged in business within the City must complete an application for business tax and pay required fees.

To apply for the required Local Business Tax Receipt, applicants must complete an application for business available from the Development Services Department at City Hall. There is a minimum fee of $30.00 for the application.

Who Must Apply

The Hallandale Beach City Code of Ordinances states that it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, conduct or manage any business in the City without applying for a City of Hallandale Beach Business Tax Receipt.

How Do I Apply

Applications can be obtained from the Planning and Zoning Division or www.hallandalebeachfl.gov. An officer of the corporation, owner or partner of a business must complete the application and provide all required back-up.

To apply for a business tax receipt, a perspective business owner must provide all necessary documents. If the business has been incorporated, a copy of the articles of incorporation, and the company’s federal identification number will be needed. For a business that has not been incorporated but has a fictitious name, evidence that the name has been registered with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) in Tallahassee will be required. Industries or professions, such as physicians, real estate brokers, beauticians and so forth, which are regulated by the State of Florida, must provide proof of state licensing before the City can issue a business tax receipt

The City’s Zoning Department must review all applications for business tax receipts. Some businesses will also need to have fire and health inspections, before they can receive a business tax receipt.

What Fees Are Required

Fees are established by ordinance and are applied accordingly. When the application is submitted, the applicable business tax and an application fee will be collected.

Any person who engages in or manages any business, occupation, or profession without obtaining a local business tax receipt may be subject to a 25% penalty of the business tax receipt fee, including the business tax receipt due and any other penalty provided by law or in the City Code.

To avoid late penalties, business tax receipts must be renewed by September 30th of each year. A delinquency penalty of 10% is added for renewals in the month of October, plus an additional 5% penalty for each month of delinquency thereafter.

Change Of Ownership, Name, Or Location

Any change in ownership, name or location after the license is issued must be transferred by completion of a business tax receipt application.

The City’s Development Services Department must be notified immediately regarding any change in the business status.

Term of License

The license period is for one year commencing on October 1st, and business tax will be prorated to a one-half year fee for new business beginning April 1st or later.

License Renewals

Licenses may be renewed as of July 1st of each year. Payment must be received by September 30th to avoid penalty fees.

Business Inspection

A business tax receipt will not be issued until all required inspections have been completed. Required inspections may include fire, zoning and other code compliance inspections. Required inspections are determined by each City Department on a case by case basis. Once it is determined that an inspection is required, the BTR applicant will be notified by the inspecting department so an inspection may be scheduled. Inspections are scheduled for Wednesdays only, between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Interior Alterations and Repairs require a permit prior to initiating the work. Improvements such as interior remodeling and all electrical, air conditioning, mechanical, life safety system (call fire to confirm) and plumbing work require permits. To apply for required permits, please use the following “Building Permits” link or visit us at City Hall located at 400 South Federal Highway. For questions and information regarding building permits, please call 954-457-1383.

Changes in Occupancy types, even though no construction work is taking place, require a building permit. For example; changing a warehouse or store use to a religious gathering or daycare use requires a building permit. Similarly, a business use such as a realtor office will need a building permit to be changed into a retail store and vice versa. For more information on your specific use please contact the Building Division prior to undertaking any changes.

Prior to opening your business, also contact the Hallandale Beach Sanitation Division at (954) 457-1616, to arrange a meeting with staff to determine services necessary for garbage and trash collection.

Business Tax Receipt Documents

Please refer to the following documents for additional information on how to apply for a business tax receipt.

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Additional Agencies to Contact

While corporations must register with the Secretary of State, if you engage in business using any name other than your own, it must be registered under the Fictitious Name Act. It protects both business and the public. The Fictitious Name must be advertised one time in a newspaper in the county where the applicant's principal place of business will be located and proof of publication need not be submitted.

You may obtain forms for registering your fictitious name from a local newspaper or Fictitious Name Department at (850) 245-6058, or visit www.sunbiz.org. Corporation information is also available at www.sunbiz.org.

Contact Information

·         All business which buy for resale or offer for sale or lease tangible personal property, or which offer real property for rent must register with the Department of Revenue and be issued a Sales Tax number. You may obtain your sales tax number at:
Sales Tax Information 
Telephone - 1-800-352-3671
Myflorida.com/dor

·         Once you apply for a City of Hallandale Business Tax Receipt, it will be necessary for you to obtain a business tax receipt from Broward County. Contact:
Broward County Local Business Tax Receipt Department
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale
Ph: (954) 765-4697
www.broward.org/revenue

·        Restaurants, establishments handling food and sale of alcoholic beverages are required to obtain a permit to operate a food establishment from:
Department of Agriculture
Ph: (800) 435-7352

 

·         Restaurants are required to have a Hotel & Restaurant License. Contact:
Hotel & Restaurant Commission
Ph: (850) 487-1395.
www.myflorida.com

·         A Hotel & Restaurant License is require for apartments and rental units if there are five or more units under one roof, rented on an annual basis. If the owner lives in one of the five units, he does not need a hotel & Restaurant License. All units rented on a weekly, monthly or "transient" basis are required to obtain a Hotel & Restaurant License regardless of the number of units.

·         To sell alcoholic beverages, you must first obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License. Contact:
State of Florida Beverage Department
5080 Coconut Creek Pkwy, Suite C
Margate, FL 33063
Ph: 1-(954)-917-1346 (Enforcement)
Ph: 1-(954)-917-1350 (License)

Other Important Numbers
Chamber of Commerce

(954) 454-0541

Hallandale Beach Post Office

(888) 454-2085

Library

(954) 457-1750

Better Business Bureau

(800) 834-1267

Food Drug Administration

(407) 475-4700

Consumer Affairs

 

115 S. Andrews Ave #A-60

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

(954) 765-5350

Taxi/Limousine Companies

Ext. 224/227

Moving/Storage

Ext. 263

Auto/Repairs

Ext. 225/226

Legal Dept/Complaints

(954) 765-5355

 

 

Broward Dept. of Children & Families

 

Child Care Licensing (Day Care)

(954) 537-2800 Ext. 234

2995 N. Dixie Highway

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

 

 

Broward Co. Dept. of Health

 

780 SW 24th Street

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315

(954) 467-4700

 

 

Broward County Central Board of Examiners

(954) 765-5108

955 S. Federal Highway

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

Hot Line

(954) 765-4400  Ext.248/249/250

 

 

Federal Identification Number from IRS:

 

Needed if your business is:

·         State Corporation

·         Sole Proprietor with employees, Keough Plan, Excise Tax

 

For all questions, call

(800) 829-1040

For IRS forms and/or Publications, call: 

(800) 829-3676

 

 

Florida Dept. of State, Div. of Corporation

 

To file for corporate name call:

(850) 488-9000

To register for fictitious name

(850) 488-9000

 

 

Alcohol & Tobacco Division

 

5080 Coconut Creek Parkway

 

Margate, FL 33063

 

  • License

(954) 917-1350

  • Enforcement

(954) 917-1346

 

 

Beauty Salon/Cosmetology

 

5080 Coconut Creek Parkway

 

Margate, FL 33063

(954) 917-1330

 

 

Alcohol-Tobacco –Firearms (ATF)

 

Federal Building

 

299 E. Broward Blvd., Office #401

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

(954) 356-7369

 

 

Motor Vehicle Repairs

 

Division of Consumer Services

 

407 S. Calhoun Street

 

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800

(850) 410-3770

 

 

Dance & Health Studio Registration

 

Requires a surety bond of $50,000 or exemption.

(850) 410-3770

 

 

State Licensed Contractors (DBPR)

 

Department of Business & Professional Reg.

(850) 487-1395

5080 Coconut Creek Prkwy

 

Margate, FL 33063

(954) 917-1330

 

 

Exterminators (Pest Control)

(850) 921-4177

 

 

Florida Telemarketing Registration

(850) 410-3681

 

 

Sellers of Travel:
A thru I

(850) 410-3763

 J thru Z

(850) 410-3713

 

 

Solicitation of Contributions

(850) 410-3704

 

 

Driver’s License/ Dealer Information

www.hsmv.state.fl.us

(954) 497-1570

 

 

Real Estate Brokers, Associates, Certified, Licensed & Registered Appraisers including R.E. Records

(850) 487-1395

 

 

Department of Health (State)

www.doh.state.fl.us

(850) 487-3220

 

 

Assisted Living Facility (ALF) and Adult Day Care

(850) 487-2515

 

 

Department of Insurance

www.myfloridacfo.com

(850) 342-2762

 

 

County Information Line

(954) 831-4000


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