Local Business Tax

Starting a Business in St. Lucie County

St. Lucie County Local Business Tax Receipt Ordinance Number 07-016 requires that all businesses or professions located in St. Lucie County obtain a County Business Tax Receipt.

Apply for a NEW business tax receipt online.

Before applying for your Business Tax Receipt, we have provided a Business Tax Receipt FAQ to assist you with the proper documentation required, as well as a BTR Information Guide to help determine what you need to apply for your Business Tax Receipt, along with the following tips:

  • All businesses operating within city limits, by law, must obtain City and County Business Tax Receipts in order to operate legally. Unless you obtain both Receipts you will be considered in violation of the Local Business Tax Receipt Ordinance.
  • If you are working from your home, you must still meet applicable state and local requirements before obtaining a county business tax receipt.
  • If your business is located in the unincorporated area of the County, a city Business Tax Receipt is not required. However, you will need a Zoning Compliance Approval.
  • There are several entities that are exempt from Business Tax Receipts under Florida Statute:
    • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations (205.192)
    • Religious tenets (205.191)
    • All farm, grove, horticultural, floricultural, tropical piscicultural and tropical fish farm products and products manufactured therefrom (205.064)
  • Click here for information on available business tax exemptions (PDF).
  • Florida supports veterans who pursue a professional or business license by reducing the related costs. Click here for more information on the licensing fee waiver program for Florida veterans.

Search and/or Renew Your Business Tax Receipt

Click here to search and/or renew your existing Business Tax Receipt. If renewing, locate your account using the search bar, the amount due to renew will appear as "amount due" and can be added to your cart, then proceed with completing your transaction. 

Additional Licensing Information

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