7 Steps to Start a Business in Miami

Miami has established itself as a growing, global hub for commerce. Miami businesses of all sizes and industries enjoy relatively low sales and property taxes, and there are no local personal or local corporate income taxes. State registrations are generally moderately priced and straightforward to file online.

Our guide to starting a business in Miami walks you through each step of the process, no matter what sort of business you’re launching.

Here’s what we cover:

  1. Choose Your Miami Business Structure
  2. Register Your Business
  3. Apply for a Federal EIN
  4. File Your Federal BOI
  5. Register for Florida Business Tax
  6. Obtain Florida Licenses
  7. Obtain Miami-Dade License and Certificates
Business Type Filing State Fee
LLC Articles of Organization $125
Corporation Articles of Incorporation $70
LP or LLP Certificate of Limited Partnership $1,000
Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership Fictitious Name Registration* $50

*Required for operating under a name besides the owners’ legal names.

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  • $70 Corporation/ $125 LLC
  • May add our $49/year registered agent service
  • Business owners must write or purchase their own operating agreements or bylaws
  • Business owners must get their own domain names and websites
  • Business owners must use their personal phone number or purchase an additional line

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  • Article preparation and submission
  • Attorney-drafted operating agreement or corporate bylaws
  • Expert Florida business support for the life of your business
  • Official state approved articles sent to us, and stored securely online indefinitely
  • Domain name, open-source website, email, and phone service to make your business look professional

All this for $49 registered agent + state fees + $100

Form an LLC $274
Form a Corp $219

Local Business Tax Receipt

All businesses operating within Miami-Dade County are required to obtain a Miami-Dade County Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as Occupational License).

To get started, review your business tax category to see if you’re eligible for an exemption, or have additional requirements. Apply for your Local Business Tax receipt in Miami-Dade County with the online application system or fill out and print the receipt application and submit it by mail or in person.

Submit in person at:

The Tax Collector’s Office
200 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami

Submit by mail to:

Miami-Dade Tax Collector
Local Business Tax Section
200 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33128

After you receive your Miami-Dade County Local Business Tax receipt, it must be prominently displayed at your business location and publicly visible.

Tangible Personal Property Taxes

Tangible personal property taxes are assessed according to the value of the assets used in a business to derive income, such as: equipment, furniture, fixtures and equipment located in businesses and rental property.

The tangible personal property (TPP) tax return form in Miami-Dade County must be filed to the county property appraiser by April 1 each year to avoid costly penalties.

Tourist Tax Account

Businesses (or individuals) that rent or lease any traveler accommodations or short-term rentals for 6 months or less must register for a Tourist Tax Account to collect and pay monthly Convention and Tourist Development taxes. Also, businesses operating within Miami-Dade County that are licensed by the state to sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption are required to obtain a Miami-Dade County Tourist Tax Account and remit Local Option Food and Beverage taxes monthly.

Building Permits

Visit the Permits website to find out what you need for your commercial space or building.

Know the zoning requirements of the locations you want to open to ensure that you can operate your business there. Be sure that the space you are looking at can handle the type of business you plan to operate there before you sign a lease.

Certificate of Use

Prior to opening a business in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, a Certificate of Use (Zoning Permit) is required, to ensure that the business is allowed to operate within its zoning district. If your business will be located within a municipality you will need to check the local zoning requirements.

Miami Business Resources

City of Miami

Miami-Dade County

For Miami Small Businesses

  • Miami-Dade Small Business Development
    Get certified as a small business through the Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources.  Certification is the gateway to opportunities through the County’s Community Business Enterprise (CBE), Community Small Business Enterprise (CSBE), and more.
  • Neighbors and Neighbors Association
    NANA was established in 1995 to help small “mom & pop” businesses in Miami-Dade County.  Beyond administering Miami-Dade County’s Small Business (“Mom & Pop”) annual grant, NANA offers assistance to small businesses year-round.
  • Miami-Dade Office of the Florida Small Business Development Center
    The Florida Small Business Development Center Network assists potential and existing business owners by providing the management advice, training and information needed to run a successful small business. Services are offered at little or no cost.
  • US Small Business Administration, Miami
    US Small Business Administration is a national organization but it has a local office right here in Miami. The SBA offers information on small business loans, grants, bonds and other financial assistance.
  • SCORE | Counselors to America’s Small Business
    SCORE is a partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and offers counseling to help you start, grow and manage your business.