Business Taxes

Business Tax Receipts are required for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation within the City of Ocoee. If you are a new business planning to operate in the City of Ocoee, you must file an application for a local business tax receipt before operating.
Application Process

Step 1. Complete Application
Please complete the application that best describes the business location. 
 
  • Commercial Based Location: Applicable to commercially zoned locations, such as malls, shopping plazas, retail spaces, restaurants, medical offices, cosmetic salons etc. 
  • Home Based Location: Applicable to businesses out of residential home occupation areas, for office and/or bookkeeping purposes, including but not limited to mobile businesses.

Step 2. Attach Required Paperwork

Step 3. Submit Application for Review
You may print and sign the application; and, then have your signature notarized.  Please bring the original notarized application to our office. If you are unable to access a notary, please bring your unsigned application to City Hall to be notarized and processed by the Building Division staff. 
 
Step 4. Issuance and Payment
There are many factors that determine Business Tax Receipt costs. Some Business Tax Receipt types have a flat fee while others are determined by the number of units in the business (seats, sq. ft. inventory etc.)  The Building Division will assess the tax fee based on the business classification.  See the Fee Classification Schedule for further details.
 
  • Home Based Business Applications: In most cases walk-in submissions are processed the same day, based on each specific  business requirements and documents.
  • Commercial Business Locations Applications: Are subject to an inspection of the business location prior to issuing the tax receipt, inspections are conducted on a daily basis, business owners are responsible for coordinating the inspection with the Building Division.
  • Business locations must be set up and ready to open in order for the inspection to take place, inspectors from the Building Division, Fire Department, and Utilities Department will ensure that the business location is safe for public use.
  • In most cases, receipts are issued upon application approval and inspection completion, usually within 2-3 business days.
Annual Renewals
All receipts expire on September 30th. Renewal bills, along with any requirements that must be fulfilled on a yearly basis, are mailed out no later than 60 days prior to expiration. However, it is the responsibility of the receipt holder to make sure that they are in compliance. Thus, those business tax receipts not renewed prior to September 30th shall be considered delinquent and are subject to a delinquency penalty of 10% for the month of October and an additional 5% for each month delinquency thereafter, provided that the penalty does not exceed 25% of the Business Tax Receipt fee for the delinquent establishment or individual. Certain business tax receipts also require the submission of current state licenses, applicable to the business tax prior to the renewal receipt being issued.