Business License



A Lake Worth Beach Business License is required, pursuant to local and state laws, to operate all commercial and residential businesses located in the City of Lake Worth Beach. Anyone providing merchandise or services to the public, including home-based businesses, must have a current Lake Worth Beach Business License and a Business Tax Receipt from Palm Beach County. A business license is valid from October 1 through September 30 of the following year. Courtesy reminders are mailed in July prior to the expiration date.


The Lake Worth Beach Business License consists of 3 components:

  • Business Tax Receipt (BTR)
  • Use & Occupancy Certificate
  • Use & Occupancy Inspection (Required every 3 years)

Please contact the Planning Zoning & Historic Preservation Division (561-586-1687) before entering into a lease agreement to confirm that the proposed use is allowed in the zoning area. You should also speak with the Building Official (561-586-1786) to determine whether there are building or changes of use requirement to satisfy before your business can occupy the space.





  • 1900 2nd Avenue North
  • 561-586-1647
  • blicense@lakeworth.org


Monday Through Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm


Frequently Asked Questions


You need to obtain a Lake Worth Beach Business License when:

• Opening a business

• Expanding a business into a new space

• Transferring a business to a new location

• Renting out of commercial property

• Starting a home-based business

• Renting out residential property

• Operating a family day care or group home

Please contact the Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation Division at (561) 586-1687 before entering into a lease agreement to confirm that the proposed use is allowed in the zoning area. To determine if there are building or changes of use requirement to satisfy before your business can occupy the space, speak with the Building Official (561) 586-1786.

Yes, a Lake Worth Beach Business License for rental property is required if the property is being rented at any time during the tax year for either residential or commercial purposes.

Yes. To operate a home-based business, a completed Lake Worth Beach Business License, Home Occupation Tax Receipt and a Palm Beach County application is required. A Lake Worth Beach Business Licensewill be issued if the business meets the City requirements.

The fees for a Lake Worth Beach Business License are based on the classification and type of services being provided. Please contact the Business License Division at (561) 586-1647 for additional information on the fees. Acceptable payment types are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Checks (No cash).

All businesses (except sole proprietorships with no employees) must register with the Internal Revenue Service (www.irs.gov) for a federal taxpayer identification number. Florida Statue 205.0535(6) requires a social security number to be obtained from the person to be taxed if an EIN is not available.

If the business is a corporation, partnership or Limited Liability Company (LLC), you must first file with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (www.sunbiz.org). If you plan to do business under a name that is neither 1) your full name nor 2) the name of your corporation, you must register the name with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations to obtain a Fictitious Name Registration.

New businesses must apply and obtain their business license prior to engaging in their business, profession or occupation. You may submit your application to the Business License office located at 1900 2nd Avenue North, Lake Worth Beach between 8am-4pm or my mail with the appropriate fees. Please call (561) 586-1647 for information on the fees.

*Before entering into a lease agreement, please contact Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation (561.586.1687) to verify the property location is properly zoned for the business activity*

The City of Lake Worth Beach Business License consists of three (3) components:

• Business Tax Receipt (BTR)

• Use & Occupancy Certificate

• Use & Occupancy Inspection (required every three (3) years) **The license will NOT be issued without an approved inspection**

A Use & Occupancy Certificate verifies that business and/or residential operations meet the zoning criteria allowing a business or rental in a specific district or location.

Contact the City of Lake Worth Beach Code Compliance Division at (561) 586-1782 to schedule a convenient time and date for your inspection. The Business License Division will not issue your Lake Worth Beach Business License until an approved Use & Occupancy Inspection is obtained.

A Use & Occupancy inspection of the property/business is required every three (3) years. It will be reflected on your renewal notice in the year it is due.

After submitting a completed application(s) with the appropriate documents and fees, you will schedule your Use & Occupancy inspection with Code Compliance. Simultaneously, Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation Division will review your application for compliance. After obtaining an approved Use & Occupancy inspection and Zoning approval, your Lake Worth Beach Business License will be issued. Licenses are mailed daily.

Please call the Business License Division at (561) 586-1647 or email us at blicense@lakeworth.org to update your information.