While exemptions may apply, a Local Business Tax Application still needs to be submitted along with the affidavit. The Local Business Tax Affidavit will provide applicable exemptions and must be submitted with your application.
Businesses that begin offering goods or services from April 1 thru September 30 will pay a prorated fee.
All business tax receipts expire September 30 of each year and can be renewed after July 1. BT Express is our online service for initial applications, renewals, or any changes to name, address, ownership, or status of your business.
There may be state or local licensing required for your business that will need to be submitted with your application. Check any local, state, or federal laws and regulations for the type of business you have before obtaining a Local Business Tax account.
If the business is based inside the city limits, or you do business within any of the city limits, it may be necessary to obtain a municipal business tax account or city zoning approval.
Contact the appropriate agency to check requirements:
Bonita Springs 239.444.6150
Cape Coral 239.574.0430
Fort Myers 239.321.7990
Fort Myers Beach 239.765.0202
Businesses operating from a commercial location not located within city limits may need to have a use permit application reviewed by county building and permitting.
Review their website for more information on opening a commercial business.
Businesses operating from a residential location in the county do not need zoning approval. If you live in the municipal city limits, check with the local office for requirements.
A tangible personal property tax is a tax assessed by the Property Appraiser. Filing a Tangible Property Tax Return (DR-405) with the Property Appraiser before April 1 of each year will make sure your assets are assessed correctly or qualify your business for an exemption.
If a Local Business Tax account is already established and any one of the following events occur, the business owner can submit changes through BT Express:
If an account is transferred due to a change in ownership or location, a transfer fee of 10% of the account amount is charged (minimum charge $3/maximum charge of $25.)