Business Tax Receipts Requirements

Starting a Business in the City of Oldsmar

The city requires a Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an Occupational License) for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation within its jurisdiction, pursuant to the classifications and rates as provided in Chapter 62, Article III, of the city Code of Ordinances and Chapter 205, Florida Statute.

Evidence of Being in Business

Anyone who sells any goods or services or solicits business or offers goods or services for sale or hire in the city shall be required to obtain a Business Tax Receipt. If any person operates a business at more than 1 location in the city, each location shall be considered a separate business and a Business Tax Receipt shall be required for each location.

Before Applying for a Business Tax Receipt


Before leasing space, call this office to determine if the site you have selected for your business is located in the correct zoning district.

Fictitious Name Statement or Copy of the Articles of Incorporation

File for a fictitious name registration (also known as a "d/b/a") or file for corporation status if the business will be a corporation. If the business will not be registered either as a fictitious name or as a corporation, then the owner's legal first and last name may be used as the legal name of the business. Forms and additional information are available from:
The Florida Department of State
P.O. Box 1300
Tallahassee, FL 32302

The Florida Department of State phone number is 850-245-6058, or at reach them at their website


If the physical space to be used for the business is leased, a copy of the lease must be provided. If business owner owns the property to be used, then proof of ownership is required (such as a copy of the property tax form). If the business is a home-based occupation and the business owner does not own the property, a letter of consent is required from the property owner stating he/she is "aware of and approves" the applicant operating that particular business out of their home.


A copy of a current Certificate of Liability Insurance on the business is required.

Special Licenses

Obtain required certification for your profession or business; a copy of which will be required along with the business application. Examples of special licenses: restaurant approval from the Florida State Division of Hotels and Restaurants; professional licenses from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations; contractor certification from the Florida State Construction Industry Licensing Board, Best Practice Management for Landscaping and Tree Trimming/Removal from Pinellas County etc.


A permit and plans are required before any interior or exterior alterations, construction, electrical, or plumbing work is commenced. Please call the Building Division at 813-749-1124 for further information/requirements.

Keep the Business Information Current

If any changes in the business location, ownership, name, type of business operated, or if a new type of business is added at the same or different location, please contact this office immediately at 813-749-1123 or send the customer update form via email Mandi Clark. This must be done within 15 days of the change in order to keep the account current. If you cease to operate the business, the owner of record must notify this office in writing of the effective date that the business ceased to exist.

Business Tax Period

All Business Tax Receipts are issued for a period of 1 year on a fiscal year basis that begins on October 1 each year with all receipts expiring on September 30. The city does mail or email renewal notices as a courtesy reminder; however, it is the business owner's responsibility to renew on time. Failure to receive a renewal reminder notice will not exempt the receipt holder from paying any penalties for late payment.

Failure to renew on or before September 30 will result in penalties being applied to the total license renewal tax as follows:
Renewal Tax Percentage
November 15%
December 20%
January 25%
March 1*
25% + $250

*Please Note: Any person who does not pay the required business tax receipt prior to March 1 is subject to an additional penalty of $250 and any costs incurred as a result of collection efforts.

Business Tax Receipt Fee Schedule
The amounts assessed as local business taxes against the various trades, businesses and professions in the city are hereby fixed per annum, unless otherwise specified.

Click here for a complete fee schedule list

Contact Us

  1. Business Tax Receipts

    Mandi Clark
    Planning Technician

    100 State St. W.
    Oldsmar, FL 34677

Applications and Checklists

Supporting Affidavits and Customer Update/Transfer of Business Forms

Thank you for choosing the City of Oldsmar as your choice for starting a business here. We wish you the best in your endeavors!