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.
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 Roger Clark at (941) 486-2626 ext. 7432 in the Planning and Zoning Division. Fees vary depending on the type of business, the number of employees, etc. Please call 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 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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