Business Certificate

Business Certificate Information

Business Certificates expire each year on September 30, regardless of when you apply. You are responsible for paying for the renewal of a business certificate each year; otherwise a penalty will be assessed for late payment. Additionally, any previous zoning approvals could be null and void.

If your business has closed or moved to a location outside the city limits of Winter Park, please email licensing@cityofwinterpark.org of this change to avoid future renewal notices.

In addition to the City of Winter Park Business Certificate, Orange County also requires a business tax receipt. Please access Orange County Business Taxes or call 407-836-5650.

Business Certificate Approval Process

STEP 1   Verify that the zoning of your location is approved for your business type by contacting the Zoning Division at 407-599-3324. It is imperative that this step is done first. If the property is not zoned properly, the occupation/business activities will not be permitted/approved.

STEP 2   If you are performing interior alterations or changing the usage from the previous operator/tenant, a building permit is required. When work is completed, a new Certificate of Occupancy must be obtained prior to receiving a Business Certificate. Before proceeding to the next step, please contact the Building & Permitting Services Department at 407-599-3237.

STEP 3   Select your business type (New, Home-based, etc.) to Apply for a Business Certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: Applying for a Business Certificate does not permit the applicant to operate or engage in business until the certificate has been issued.

New Business

Apply for a Business Certificate

For questions, please contact licensing@cityofwinterpark.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an application does not permit the applicant to operate or engage in business.

Home-based Business

Apply for a Business Certificate

For questions, please contact licensing@cityofwinterpark.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an application does not permit the applicant to operate or engage in business.

New Restaurant, Food, and/or Beverage Establishment

Apply for a Business Certificate

Instructions for Applying for a Business Certificate

For questions, please contact licensing@cityofwinterpark.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an application does not permit the applicant to operate or engage in business.

Change of Name, Location or Ownership

Update Your Business Certificate

Instructions for Updating Your Business Certificate

For questions, please contact licensing@cityofwinterpark.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an application does not permit the applicant to operate or engage in business.

If you wish to change your mailing address only (physical business location has not changed), please contact the Building & Services Department at 407-599-3324 or licensing@cityofwinterpark.org.

If you will be closing your business, please send a written request for your business certificate to be inactivated to the Building & Permitting Services Department at licensing@cityofwinterpark.org or by mail to Attn: Business Certificates, City of Winter Park, 401 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

Contact Information

Business Certificate questions

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