All businesses, including home-based businesses, within the city limits must have a local business tax receipt before opening. Licenses are issued for a fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30. Only business with a physical address inside the city limits need apply. Contractors that operate in the city, but do not have a physical business address within the city do not need to apply for a business tax receipt.
All businesses are subject to local zoning approval. It is best to check local zoning laws before entering into any contractual obligations. After filing for a local business tax receipt, business owners will be notified of any inspections needed. Grand opening signs or coming soon signs also subject to zoning approval.
Fees vary depending on the type of business, the number of employees, etc. Please call Jim Koenig at (941) 486-2626 ext. 7444 for more information.
A business using any name other than the legal name of the owner, or a corporation using a name other than its legal corporate name, must register the fictitious name with the state of Florida. There is a cost for registering the name with the state. The registration is valid for five years. To register online visit the Department of State website.
In addition to having a City of Venice local business tax receipt, businesses need to obtain a Sarasota County business tax receipt. Apply online at the Sarasota Tax Collectors Office or call (941) 861-8300, Option 3 for information.
To confirm if a business is inside the City of Venice limits, receive a fee quote, or to apply for a business tax receipt, contact Jim Koenig at (941) 486-2626, Ext. 7444.
To learn about economic incentives for establishing a new business in the City of Venice, call Finance Director Linda Senne, (941) 486-2626, Ext. 7421.
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