Starting a business

When starting a business in Lighthouse Point, you must procure a local business tax license. A Local Business Tax License is a tax for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation within the commercially zoned City districts. Once obtained, the local business tax license must be renewed annually on or before October 1st.

Effective January 1, 2007, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation which changed the name from “Occupational License Tax” to “Local Business Tax.”

Prior to opening a business within the City of Lighthouse Point, you must contact the Planning & Zoning Official at 954-943-6509 to determine whether a particular business use is permitted within the commercially-zoned districts.

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Getting Started

You may apply for a Local Business Tax License between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the City Clerk’s Office, located at 2200 NE 38 Street, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064.If you require assistance completing your Local Business Tax Application, or if you have any questions regarding the renewal process, please contact us at 954-943-6500.

Application Process

When an original application for a local business tax license is submitted to the City Clerk’s Office with the appropriate required paperwork, it is processed and forwarded for approval to the following departments: Building/Zoning, Fire Department, Code Enforcement, Police Department, and City Administrator. Once the application has been reviewed and approved by each department, it is returned to the Office of the City Clerk for final approval. Each applicant will be notified by telephone or e-mail when their application has been approved and of the amount due. The fees can be mailed or dropped off in person at the City Clerk’s Office. Once payment has been received, we will issue the license.

Please Note: Submission of an application for the local business tax license does not guarantee automatic approval. Each application must be approved by all appropriate City departments.

When does a Local Business Tax License expire?

All licenses issued shall expire on the 30th day of September of each year. The full license fee for one year shall be imposed for each local business license issued, regardless of the date issued, except any applicant not previously licensed by the city in the same occupation who shall apply for a local business license after April 1st of any year shall pay a local business tax for that year of one-half of the annual tax.

How do I renew my Local Business Tax License?

Each year, the City will begin sending renewal notices at the end of June. If the renewal notice is not received, it is still the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that their business tax is renewed prior to September 30th of each year.

Are there penalties for failure to pay the Local Business Tax License?

Any person engaging in or managing any business within the City without first obtaining a local business tax license shall be subject to a penalty of 25% of the license determined to be due, in addition to any other penalty provided by law or ordinance.

Licenses not renewed by September 30th shall be considered delinquent and subject to a delinquency penalty of 10% for the month of October, plus an additional 5% penalty for each month of delinquency thereafter until paid; provided that the penalty shall not exceed 25% of the local business fee for the delinquent establishment.

How do I transfer my Local Business Tax License to a new location and/or owner?

All local business licenses may be transferred to a new owner when there is a bona fide sale of the business upon payment of a $10 transfer fee and presentation of evidence of the sale and the original current license.

Upon written request and presentation of the original local business license, any local business license may be transferred from one location to another in the city upon payment of a $10 transfer fee.

Do I also need a Business Tax License from Broward County?

A Broward County Business Tax License is also required. You may contact them at 954-765-4697 or visit their website at