Starting a Business in Cocoa Beach

IncorporationPlan to do business as a corporation?Secretary of State,
Corporate Information Department
Business Name  If your business does not operate as a corporation, you plan to run your business under a name other than your own full name, register the business with a "fictitious" name.Secretary of the State

City LicenseIf your business is in Cocoa Beach, you'll need to obtain a Business Tax Receipt (aka Occupational License) from the City and Brevard County.City Hall
Development Services
Occupational Licenses

Brevard County Tax
Collector's Office

County LicenseIf your business is outside the city, but inside Brevard County, you will need a Business Tax Certificate from the county (occupational license.)Brevard County Tax Collector's Office
State LicenseThe State of Florida requires businesses in more than 50 regulated professions, from pharmacists to barbers, to obtain special licenses or certificates.State Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Sales Tax CertificatesThe State Florida requires retail stores and other businesses to collect sales tax. Businesses must apply for a sales tax certificate.State Department of Revenue
Corporate Income TaxCorporations in Florida must pay state corporate income tax.State Department of Revenue
Personal Property Tax Brevard County taxes the personal property of businesses (for items such as business equipment.)Brevard County Property Appraiser
Employee Tax InformationIf you hire employees, payroll tax must be withheld.Internal Revenue Service
850-942-8995 or
Employer Identification NumberAll businesses, except sole proprietorships with no employees, must register for a federal identification number.Internal Revenue Service
Federal Income Tax Withholding and Social Security TaxEmployers must withhold from employees salaries for federal tax and pay for Social Security.Internal Revenue Service
Federal Unemployment Tax Most businesses with one or more employees must contribute to a federal fund that pays for unemployment insurance to workers who have been laid off.Internal Revenue Service
State Unemployment TaxBusinesses must also pay into a State fund that pays unemployment insurance.Department of Revenue
Worker's CompensationCompanies with four or more employees must pay into a State fund that compensates workers who are injured on the job. In construction businesses, the rules that apply are stricter.State Compliance Division of Workers Compensation
Health Department InformationPeople who open, own or operate restaurant, hotel, or other food service businesses need to comply with health regulations.State Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Leon County Health Department
ZoningBusiness owners must make sure that the business they want to conduct is permitted on the property that the business will be located.Cocoa Beach Development Services 321-868-3218 or email
New Employee Hire Reporting RequirementsFederal and State law requires employers to report all new/rehire employees who work in the State of Florida to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings. Employees should be reported even if they work only one day and are terminated. This reporting requirement is part of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996.Florida New Hire Reporting Center
 Department of AgricultureVarious businesses are governed by the Florida Department of Agriculture.Check with the Department of Agriculture