Steps for Starting
a Business in St. Lucie County
Registering a business in Florida may require
an entity to register not only at the State level but also with
the local county government. Corporate entities are usually required
to register with the Division of Corporations, while many professions
are required to register with the Department of Business and Professional
Regulation. County occupational licenses (business tax receipts)
are usually obtained from the local county government. Visit www.sunbiz.org
for complete details or call (850) 245-6058.
Florida requires state licensing or certificate
of competency for many professionals and occupations. Many require
special training and prior examinant. For details call (850) 487-1395
or visit www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/index.html.
If your business does not operate as a corporation
and you run your business under a name other than your personal
full name, you need to register the business with a “fictitious”
name. For details call (850) 245-6058 or visit www.sunbiz.org.
Most businesses must apply for and receive
a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). This registration
is required even though a business may not have employees. Visit
www.irs.gov and search EIN for
additional information or call (800) 829-1040.
Taxes on your business and other federal
or state reporting requirements will depend on the nature of the
business, its legal structure and whether or not you have employees.
At the state level, visit
www.myflorida.com/dor and at the federal level, visit
General Guidelines for obtaining Business
(formerly known as an occupational license)
There are four different jurisdictions in
St. Lucie County requiring a business tax receipt for conducting
business - St. Lucie Village; Fort Pierce; Port St. Lucie and the
unincorporated area of St. Lucie County. Each jurisdiction has a
Building or Planning and Zoning Department that will determine the
zoning compliance for the location of the business prior to the
issuance of a business tax receipt.
St. Lucie Village:
Town Hall, 2841 Old Dixie Highway, (772) 466-6900
Fort Pierce City Hall: 101 N. US 1, (772) 460-2200
Port St. Lucie City Hall: Building A, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd,
St. Lucie County Building and Zoning: 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort
Pierce, (772) 462-1553
Upon obtaining a city issued business tax
receipt and/or zoning compliance certificate, you must also obtain
a business tax receipt (occupational license) from the St. Lucie
County Tax Collector located at 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce,
(772) 462-1553, or in Port St. Lucie, 1664 SE Walton Road, (772)
The St. Lucie County
Chamber of Commerce hosts SCORE each week providing FREE business
start up assistance. Call 340-1333 x10 to make your appointment.
You may also contact
the Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College
at (772) 462-4772 for assistance.