Specific License Information

Polk County understands the importance of fully grasping local, state, and federal business requirements, and is here to help your business succeed. Along with proper registrations, licenses and in some cases permits, businesses are subject to regulations that vary by industry. Please select the related business subject area below, that is of interest to you. Each subsection will provide you with the associated industry requirements as well as links to Federal, State and local licensing requirements. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

If this is your first time operating a business in Polk County, you are required to submit your County local business tax receipt in person. Please visit one of the Tax Collector's Customer Service Centers (Branch Offices). Individuals seeking to obtain a County local business tax receipt may complete an application form, and mail it in along with the applicable payment due. Download County Local Business Tax Account Application Form

A business located within a municipality in Polk County, which already has a Polk County local business tax receipt may also be required to obtain a municipal business tax receipt. For more information about municipal business tax receipt requirements, please contact your municipality.

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Special Licensing:

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulates motor vehicle repair shops in Florida. The Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act requires anyone who is paid to repair motor vehicles owned by other individuals to register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website to learn more about the requirements to become licensed in Florida. Additionally, you may want to contact your local city and or county planning agency, for additional information.

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Best Practices:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection website offers recommended best management practices for mobile vehicle and equipment washing. Additionally, you may want to contact your local city and or county planning agency, for additional information. Download document.

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Brick and Mortar Special License:

The child care licensing program is a component of the services provided by Department of Children and Families. Opening a licensed Child Care Facility (CCF) can be challenging and requires substantial planning and preparation. Every facility subject to licensing must meet the licensing standards established by Florida Statutes. Additionally, you may want to contact your local city and or county planning agency, for additional information. Opening a Licensed Child Care Facility

In Home Day Care Special License:

The child care licensing program is a component of the services provided by Department of Children and Families. Currently, Florida law requires that anyone who provides child care in their home for more than one unrelated family must be either registered or licensed through the Department of Children and Families. Please note that you must complete the registration process and receive a registration letter from DCF prior to providing child care. Visit Florida Department of Children and Families website for more information on Family Day Care in your home. Additionally, you may want to contact your local city and or county planning agency, for additional information.

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Special Licensing: There are no special licenses and permits required for a cleaning business other than the general licensing requirements for all businesses in the state of Florida.

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Special Licensing: There are no special licenses and permits required for a clothing store other than the general licensing requirements for all businesses in the state of Florida. Additionally, you may want to contact your local city and or county planning agency, for additional information.

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Special Licensing:

Hair and Cosmetology: The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Board of Cosmetology is responsible for licensing and regulating cosmetology. Visit www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/cosmetology/ for more information on the requirements to become licensed in Florida.

Barber: The Barbers’ Board is responsible for licensing and regulating barbers. Visit www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/barbers/ for more information on the requirements to become licensed in Florida.

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Special Licensing:

Steps to obtain a license to sell insurance in the State of Florida can be found on the Insurance Agent and Agency Services website.

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Special Licensing:

Visit www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/landscape-architecture to learn which landscaping services require a license in Florida.

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Special Licensing:

For-hire drivers in Florida—such as chauffeurs, taxi drivers, and limousine operators—are not required to obtain a special license in Florida. However, there may be rules and regulations governing for-hire drivers that are enforced by local governments within the state. There are also different requirements should you wish to be part of a transportation network company (TNC) such as Uber or Lyft. Visit the guides on ridesharing for more information at www.dmv.org/fl-florida/special-licenses.php

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Additionally, you may want to contact your local city and or county Fire Rescue for additional information.

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Restaurant Special Licensing:

Division of Hotels and Restaurants explain the requirements for becoming licensed in Florida at www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/hotels-restaurants/. Additionally, you may want to contact your local city and or county planning agency, for additional information.

Cottage Food Information:

Cottage food operations require no license or permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and are not inspected by any state government entity. Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $50,000 annually. Cottage food operators may advertise for sale and accept payment for cottage food products on their website but the products are prohibited to be delivered by mail order. Cottage food products must be sold and delivered directly to the consumer or to the consumer’s private event venue such as a wedding or birthday party. Sales of cottage food products are prohibited for wholesale. Cottage food products must be labeled in accordance with the requirements as outlined in Section 500.80(5), Florida Statutes, and United States Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Part 101. All cottage food products offered for sale to the general public must be labeled: “Made in a cottage food operation that is not subject to Florida’s food safety regulations.”
https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Food-Establishment-Inspections/Cottage-Foods

Food Catering Special Licensing:

A Catering license is a type of food service license that does not offer eating in or delivery/take out. It’s generally when one prepares food or drink in one place (a licensed kitchen) in order to serve it at another location (customer’s event). Most commonly a caterer has been hired to prepare certain foods, the services are paid by one individual, and the caterer simply takes this food to a predetermined location where it is served. Food safety requirements for Catering are the same as other fixed food service licenses. To learn more about the requirements for becoming licensed in Florida visit www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/hotels-restaurants/licensing/catering-guide/.

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