Community & Economic Development
120 Malabar Road
Palm Bay, FL 32907
Phone: (321) 409-7187
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Steps to Starting a New Business

There are many resources available to assist you in starting your own business. The City of Palm Bay wants you to be successful in this endeavor. You are urged to contact the following organizations for assistance.

Step 1

For guidance on starting a business or contact one of the following organizations for assistance.

Small Business Development Center

Eastern Florida State College
3865 N Wickham Road
Building 10, Room 117
Melbourne, FL 32935-2399
Telephone: (321) 433-5570

City of Palm Bay, Economic Development Department
Palm Bay City Hall
120 Malabar Rd SE
Palm Bay Florida, 32907
Telephone: (321) 409-7187

Step 2

Once you have determined the type of business you wish to open, contact Brevard County and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations to determine if you need a state license or certification of competency. There are more than 50 regulated professions requiring state licensing. Visit the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations website or contact them directly for a list of regulated professions.

Brevard County

Planning & Zoning Department
Telephone: (321) 633-2070

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations
Telephone: (850) 486-1395

Step 3

Contact the City of Palm Bay’s Growth Management Department to make sure you can operate your business within the city limits of Palm Bay and determine the type of zoning classification required. Only the Planning and Zoning Division, within the Growth Management Department, can provide the most current zoning regulations. Please note: The regulations are different for home-based businesses and Planning and Zoning can assist you in determining whether you may operate a business out of your home.

City of Palm Bay, Growth Management Department
Planning & Zoning
Palm Bay City Hall
120 Malabar Rd SE
Palm Bay Florida, 32907
Telephone: (321) 733-3042

Step 4

The City of Palm Bay’s Economic Development Department offers various programs and incentives to assist new businesses locating or expanding in Palm Bay.

City of Palm Bay, Economic Development Department
Palm Bay City Hall
120 Malabar Rd SE
Palm Bay Florida, 32907
Telephone: (321) 409-7187

Step 5

Determine the legal structure of your business. You are encouraged to research each legal structure thoroughly and consult a tax accountant or attorney prior to making your decision. If you incorporate or have employees, you will need to establish a Federal Employer Identification Number. Contact the Internal Revenue Service for more information or guidance.

Internal Revenue Service
431 N Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Telephone: (800) 829-3676 or (321) 253-7700

Step 6

Register the name of your business. If your business will use a name other than the owner’s legal name or a properly registered corporation name, you will be required to register with the State of Florida for a fictitious name, also referred to as a “Doing Business As” (DBA). For guidance or to file a Fictitious Name Registration, contact the Florida Division of Corporations.

Florida Division of Corporations
Telephone: (850) 245-6059

Step 7

There are many types of licenses required to operate a business. A business must apply for a License with the State of Florida as well as with the local governing entities both at the municipal and county level. If your business is a regulated profession, you will be required to obtain the proper licensing per the State requirements.

A Business Tax Receipt, formerly known as Occupation License, is required for all businesses. A Business Tax (paid annually) is levied on each business operating within its city limits. The fee varies per city and per occupation, but it is a requirement by most municipalities nationwide.

City of Palm Bay, Business Tax Receipt
Palm Bay City Hall
120 Malabar Road
Palm Bay, FL 32907
Telephone: (321) 952-3419

Step 8

Once you have obtained a Business Tax Receipt from the City of Palm Bay, you must obtain a Brevard County Business Tax Receipt.

Brevard County
Business Tax Receipts (formerly called Occupational License)
Telephone: (321) 264-6969

Step 9

There are other agencies you may need to contact. Contact Brevard County Environmental Health Services if you have a business that could possibly pose as hazard to the public, such as eating and drinking establishments, use of chemicals, on-site disposal, and treatment systems including industrial manufacturing permits.

Brevard County Environmental Health Services
Telephone: (321) 633-2100

Step 10

You may be required to collect and remit taxes. Verify required taxes by contacting Florida Department of Revenue.

Florida Department of Revenue
Telephone: (850) 488-6800

License & Inspections Compliance
You may be subject to other licenses or inspections depending on your type of business. It is in your best interest to fully disclose your proposed operation to ensure compliance. Disclosure after you have opened your business could result in a shut down or unforeseen expenditures to become compliant.

You may need to be comply with the offices listed below:

Certificate of Competency or State of Florida Certification
Telephone: (850) 487-1395

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Alcohol, Beverage, and Tobacco Division

Telephone: (850) 487-1395

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Certificate/Field Inspection Sheet

Telephone: (850) 488-2221

Motor Vehicle Repair Registration
Telephone: (850) 488-2221

Brevard County Sheriff Pawn Compliance
Secondhand Dealer’s License

Telephone: (321) 504-0950

Contact Us

City of Palm Bay, Economic Development Department
120 Malabar Rd SE
Palm Bay Florida, 32907
Phone: (321) 409-7187

Resources

CareerSource Brevard, Palm Bay Office
Telephone: (321) 504-7600

Central Florida Community Development Corporation
Telephone: (386) 258-7520

The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: (321) 951-9998

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Fort Pierce and South Florida District Office
Telephone: (772) 466-1944

Eastern Florida State College

Telephone: (321) 632-1111

Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast
Telephone: (321) 638-2000

Enterprise Florida
Telephone: (407) 956-5600

Florida High Tech Corridor
Telephone: (407) 708-4630

Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Telephone: (301) 975-2000

Florida Small Business Development Center
Telephone: (321) 433-5570