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After you form your Florida LLC, you need to comply with city and county license and permit requirements.

Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.

Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being able to conduct business in Florida.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in Florida

Below are some license and permit examples:

  • City business licenses/tax permits
  • Building permit
  • Health permit
  • Occupational permit
  • Signage permit
  • Alarm permit
  • Zoning permit
  • Alcohol & tobacco permit
  • Liquor license
  • Sales and use tax permit
  • Seller/reseller permit

Do it yourself in Florida

State Business License
The State of Florida does not have a general business license.

Contact your County
Florida Department of State: County Governments

Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)
The DBPR is the agency in charge of regulating the licenses and permits of businesses and professionals. You can access their site for information on business permits and licenses your LLC might need: Florida DBPR.

Our Recommendation

There are nearly 20,000 licensing and permit jurisdictions in the United States and each has its own rules and regulations.

Tip: Save time by hiring an expert. We recommend using IncFile ($99) to handle the business license research for you.

They will provide you with a comprehensive package of all the licenses, permits and tax registrations required for your Florida LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.

Matt Horwitz


Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
 
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

FLORIDA LLC GUIDE

Follow the lessons below to form your Florida LLC.

Overview

  1. LLC Name
  2. Registered Agent
  3. Articles of Organization
  4. Operating Agreement
  5. EIN Number
  6. Annual Report

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How to form a US LLC

Non-US residents: If you want to form an LLC in the US, we recommend hiring doola.

doola specializes in forming US LLCs for international entrepreneurs.

They'll form your LLC, open your business bank account, and help with taxes. doola also has excellent customer service.

Hope that helps!

Matt Horwitz founder of LLC University
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator
LLC University®