Get a Business Tax Receipt (BTR)

Are you opening a new business and have finished your CU (or you didn't need one)? Every business needs to obtain a Business Tax Receipt to operate in the City (also known as an Occupational License). 

In addition, every business is also required to obtain a Miami-Dade County Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an Occupational License).

NOTE: We strongly recommend you meet with an experienced City staff member (address below) to discuss your application ahead of time.  This will help to avoid mistakes and delays.


Step 1.Finalize Certificate of Use (CU), if Necessary

Most businesses need a CU before they can get a BTR. You will need to present a copy of your CU.

Exception: Peddlers, Food Trucks, or if you do not have a physical location in the City of Miami, but you are doing business here

Get a Certificate of Use (CU)

Step 2.Collect Documents, Prepare Information

You must provide:

  • The Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN) for your Business. (Your Social Security Number is acceptable if you're using your legal name as your business name.)
  • If this is for a hotel, restaurant, or convenience store, do you have the proper State of Florida Licensing?

If your BTR is State-regulated, the following are required, if applicable:

  • State License for Business
  • State License for each Professional
  • Social Security Number for each Professional
  • Government-Issued Photo Identification
  • Notarized City Affidavit

Step 3.Review Form

  • You will be required to complete the BTR form in-person. You will  make this process quicker for yourself by reviewing the form ahead of time, below. 

BTR Form 

Step 4.Complete BTR Form with Code Compliance

You need to review your application with the Code Compliance, who will inform you of any missing documents or necessary changes. 

Located at: 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 7th Floor
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 416-1918

Step 5.Address any Outstanding Issues, Get Approval

The City will let you know any problems that need to be addressed with your BTR in-person. If your package is approved, an invoice will be provided to you. 

Step 6.Pay Invoice

Pay online using your customer # or in-person at the 4th floor cashier.  (NOTE: Paying with a credit/debit card will result in much quicker processing).

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Step 7.Go Back to Code Compliance to get Temporary License

  • You need to show proof of payment (if you pay with credit/debit card, this will be immediate) to get a temporary license.
  • You will receive your permanent license via mail within four to six weeks.

Step 8.Don't Forget the Miami-Dade County Process

Every business is also required to get a Miami-Dade Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an Occupational License).

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