Occupational License and Zoning Use Permit
The following provides basic information on local, state and federal requirements needed to start a business in Florida. To obtain information on a specific license, state and local phone numbers are provided.
State Licensing Agencies
Many businesses and professions are licensed by the state. To determine if a state license is required for a particular business, call 359-6000 or (850)487-2252.
Local occupational licenses are required for most businesses and are issued by counties and cities. Some businesses require an Environmental Health Service review. If your business is located within the city limits of an incorporated municipality, a city license must be procured before a County license.
To obtain information on occupational licenses in Baker County, contact the Tax Collector's Office at 904-259-6880 or 2321.
To obtain information on Zoning, contact Baker County Building & Zoning at 904-259-2403.
To obtain requirements for a business located within a municipality, contact the City of Macclenny and Baker County Tax Collector's office.
Fictitious Name Registration
If your business name on your occupational license is other than the legal name of the owner(s), it must be registered or re-registered as a fictitious name with Division of Corporations. If you have any questions, please call 850-487-6058
How to Obtain an Occupational License (step by step)
To receive an Occupational License from the Tax Collector, you must furnish the following information. For questions concerning this form contact the Tax Collector's office at: (904)259-2321 or 6880.
1.Obtain Registration of fictitious name from Division of Corporations.
For questions pertaining to the zoning section, contact the Baker County Building and Zoning Division at (904) 259-2403.
2.Obtain registration from Department of Revenue
(lake City District Office (904) 758-0420) for Sales tax.
Requirements for obtaining an Occupational License for a home address
A Home Occupation is a business or work related activity based or performed in the home, in which no commodity or good is produced on the premises, can be sold on the premises, nor displayed or warehoused on the premises for sale elsewhere. And in which no equipment is present which is normally found in the home.
Home occupations may be permitted in agricultural and residential use areas.
Where doubt exists as to whether a proposed activity qualifies as a Home Occupation contact the Baker County Building and Zoning Department at (904) 259-2403.
Home Occupation Examples
The following activities are frequently approved as home occupations:
How to apply for a Baker County Occupational License
Contact the Building and Zoning Department at (904) 259-2403 to determine whether the Home Occupation must first be approved by the Baker County Board of Adjustments.
Occupational License FAQ's
Q. How much does an Occupational License cost?
Q. When do I need a Baker County Occupational License?
Any person (legal entity) engaged in (or managing) any business or
occupation in the incorporated or unincorporated areas of Baker County defined in the
Q. What if I change the location of my business?
Q. Upon sale of a business is a license transferable to the new
Q. Are there exemptions from Occupational License?
There are Fee Exemptions (license and prerequisites still applicable)
for disabled veterans (up to $50); full exemption for 65 years or older ($1,000 less in
Q. What should I do if I go out of business, or close one of several
Q. How long does it take to get a license?
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