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Our new eStart tool has made it easy to apply for a Certificate of Use and/or Business Tax Receipt online. These are the licenses needed to open a business in The City of Miami. Follow these steps to apply.
You will need multiple documents in order to apply for a CU. Any applications without the necessary documents will be delayed and/or rejected.
NOTE ABOUT OCCUPANT LOAD: If your business has an assembly area for 50 or more occupants (restaurants, bars, clubs, places of worship, etc.), you will require an occupant load certificate, to be posted on your property. (View Florida Fire Prevention Code). Occupant loads are required for all interior assembly areas and enclosed exterior assembly areas. If you operate without an Occupant Load, you will receive a violation from The City. You will not pass your fire inspection until you have acquired your Occupant Load certificate, if applicable.
Get an Occupant Load Certificate (only for businesses with assembly areas for 50 people or more)
For a BTR, you must provide:
If your BTR is State-regulated, the following are required:
You can now use the new eStart tool to apply for your CU and/or BTR. Please follow these tips:
Apply for Certificate of Use/BTR
After you complete your application, The City will contact you within three business days to discuss details. Following the completion of any open tasks, you will be emailed an invoice. You must pay before proceeding.
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TIP FOR CU APPLICANTS: While Fire and Code Enforcement Inspection fees are included in the invoice, other inspections not issued by the City of Miami are subject to additional fees by the inspecting agency (DERM, Miami-Dade County, etc.)
IMPORTANT: You must complete your inspections within 90 working days of your application start date (the above online portion), or you will have to start over (and pay again).
After you have paid your invoice, The City will email you directions for requesting inspections. All CUs require the following inspections:
Additional Inspections May Include:
Miami-Dade County has a separate application process for CU and BTR.
View Miami-Dade County Application Portal