Business Taxes

Thank you for locating your business in our City. Before applying for your Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an occupational license), please take the time to read the following guidelines. You will find answers to many of your questions and, hopefully, this section will help you to obtain the required documents to operate your business.

For further information on business taxes,refer to the Official Tax Code (PDF).

Local Business Tax Receipt Requirements
If you do not maintain a permanent business or branch office in the City of Plant City, but do practice contracting, exterminating, fumigating, or landscaping, (including yard and lawn maintenance), etc. within the City, you do not need a local business tax receipt.

Opening a New Business
  1. Verify Zoning - You need to determine if your business is in a correctly zoned area.
  2. Apply for your Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly Occupational License) - Please submit a completed Business Tax Application (PDF) to the Business Tax division before the business opens. All licenses relevant to your business need to be attached to your application; i.e., State Professional License (D.B.P.R.), Division of Hotels/Restaurants, and health permits. After you receive your receipt, please display it in a visible area.
  3. Merchants must also complete aDeclaration of Information for Business Tax (PDF).
All people who operate a business or profession in the City of Plant City are required to pay a fee to obtain and maintain a Local Business Tax Receipt.

Fees are assessed when you submit your application. Tax receipt payments are due and payable by October 1 of each year and expire on September 30. (Half-year licenses apply to any new business opening after April 1 and expiring on September 30.) The Finance Department is happy to answer any of your questions regarding this process, and wish you much success in your business endeavor.

Payment Options
Cash, check or money orders are acceptable payment.

Useful Telephone Numbers
  • City of Plant City Business Tax Office: 813-659-4200, ext. 4155
  • Hillsborough County Tax Collector (Business Tax Division): 813-635-5200
  • Hillsborough County Health Department: 813-307-8000
  • Division of Hotels and Restaurants: 850-487-1395
  • Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco: 813-272-2610
  • Child Care Licensing: 813-272-6487
  • State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: 850-487-1395
  • Agriculture and Consumer Services: 800-435-7352