Start a Business

Are you starting a business?  Did you change your business address?  Did you change the name of your business?  In order to operate a business in the City of Miami you must have a Certificate of Use and Business Tax Receipt.


Check your eligibility

Is the address of your business within the City of Miami? (Link to address check)

Apply for a Certificate of Use

You will need the following information to complete your application:

  • Name of your business and fictitious name, if applicable
  • Name of the business owner/agent
  • Business address and telephone number
  • Emergency contact number
  • E-mail address

Once you complete the on-line form make sure to print it out.

Complete the online application

Come to the City 

Bring your application with a form of payment to the Zoning Office at the City of Miami Administration Building located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 4th Fl.  Here's what will happen:

  • You will meet with a Zoning Specialist to review your application and determine if your type of business is allowed at the address provided.
  • Pay at the Cashier’s office the applicable fees. 

Keep in mind: all fees are non-refundable.

Schedule inspections 

Contact the other departments for the required inspections within 30 days.

Come back to the City.

Return your application to the Zoning Office when inspections are completed. You will receive confirmation from the Zoning Specialist that your application is approved.

Wait for a decision 

You must post your application until you receive your Certificate of Use within 6-8 weeks of approval.