Before a Santa Rosa County Business
Tax Receipt can be obtained, a business must meet all conditions required by
city, county, state or federal agency regulations which apply to that
business or occupation. Many businesses will be subject to zoning codes.
Santa Rosa County, a business located
within a city limit requires both a municipal license and a county license
to operate. If the nature of a business takes employees inside a city
limit to conduct business even though the business establishment is in the
county, it may be necessary to obtain a city license also.
The following checklist provides
basic information on requirements that may be needed to start a
business in Santa Rosa County. No attempt has been made to
provide a complete list of regulatory requirements.
1. If you are starting a business
operated out of your home, check with the
County Zoning Department. You may not be allowed to have a
business in an area that is zoned residential.
6051 Old Bagdad Hwy Suite 201
Milton, FL 32583
Department of Transportation: A permit may be required when
there is a significant change in property use. Phone:
3. City License: If you are
anticipating doing business within the city limits of Jay,
Milton, or Gulf Breeze, check with each City Hall to see if they
may require you to have a city license in addition to a Santa
Rosa County Business Tax Receipt.
Department of Revenue: If your business involves selling
anything, you may be required to collect sales tax.
3670 North "L" Street, Building C
Pensacola, FL 32505 Phone: 850-595-5170
Service: You may be required to obtain a Federal ID number.
7180 9th Ave. Worth
Pensacola, FL 32504 Phone: 850-435-8648
Appraiser: A personal property tax return may be required to
be filed for your business.
6495 Caroline Street
Milton, FL 32570 Phone: 850-983-1880
Santa Rosa County Building Inspector: For information on
construction permits, competency testing, contractors, etc.
6051 Old Bagdad Hwy, Room 202
Milton, FL 32583 Phone: 850-981-7000
8. Fictitious Name: If you are using
any name for your business other than your legal name, you are
required to file a fictitious name with the state. The
application and the renewal forms are available on the left hand
side under the Downloadable Forms header.
Fictitious Name Registration Website
PO Box 1300
Tallahassee, FL 32302-1300 Phone: 850-245-6058
9. Certain businesses require
inspection before a business tax receipt can be issued in Santa
The following businesses are
inspected by the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division
of Hotels and Restaurants, Panama City Beach District #6. Phone:
-Mobile Food Units
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspects the
following: Phone: 800-488-0800.
-Food Processing Plants
Below are the telephone numbers of
several agencies that you may need to contact for information:
Department of Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms: 850-494-5970.
Construction Industry Licensing Board: 850-487-1395
Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS):
Santa Rosa County Environmental Health Unit: 850-983-5275
Better Business Bureau (Pensacola): 850-429-0002