Are you looking to relocate or start a business in Orlando?
Your business belongs in College Park - a great neighborhood adjacent to the heart of downtown. We welcome new businesses to our vibrant College Park Main Street community on Edgewater Drive!
Once you register on SunBiz, follow these eight steps to secure a business license through the City of Orlando.
Insider Tips for Starting a Business
1) Create A Business Plan
The National Entrepreneur Center offers practical, comprehensive assistance to both new and established entrepreneurs. https://nationalec.org/
2) Look for Financial Incentives
The City of Orlando offers financial incentives for businesses. It’s well worth your time to submit your business information for review and potential assistance. https://www.orlando.gov/Building-Development/Business-Incentives
3) Understand Orlando’s zoning regulationsWhen researching a potential location, be sure to check the city’s zoning regulations to be sure your business is allowed to operate in that location. https://www.orlando.gov/Building-Development/Planning-Approvals/Find-Your-Propertys-Zoning-Category
4) Confirm Location’s Permitted Use
Confirm that you have the proper permitting and location for your establishment. https://www.orlando.gov/Building-Development/Permits-Inspections/Get-a-Permit
Call the City of Orlando Permitting Services Division at 407-246-2271
5) Understand Your Permit Requirements
If your business needs to be remodeled (adding counters, building walls, moving electrical outlets), you’ll need to obtain a permit from the city before you can begin renovating.
Click here to begin the process of obtaining your permit. https://digitalpermits.orlando.gov/projects/226173/guide/overview
The City of Orlando has several pages on their website that can help you with your permitting questions:
6) Review Impact Fees
Impact fees, such as transportation and sewer, are collected through the City of Orlando for commercial development. You’ll need to review these various fees before you get started.https://www.orlando.gov/Building-Development/Permits-Inspections/Get-a-Permit/Fees/Impact-Fees
7) Signage Rules
While the City of Orlando business signage, you need to be aware of regulations pertaining to signage size, type and location. The full list of rules and the permit application can be found here. https://www.orlando.gov/Building-Development/Permits-Inspections/Other/Apply-for-a-Sign-Permit?_ga=2.217834718.974359681.1569067353-973534978.1565371635
8) Business Tax Receipt
As an operating business in College Park, you’ll be required to pay an annual business tax. You can apply for your Business Tax Receipt here. https://www.orlando.gov/Building-Development/Permits-Inspections/Other/Get-a-Business-Tax-Receipt