Starting a Business in Cocoa Beach


 REQUIREMENTSCONTACT
IncorporationPlan to do business as a corporation?Secretary of State,
Corporate Information Department
850-245-6058
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
850-245-6058

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
321-868-3298

Brevard County Tax
Collector's Office

321-454-1413
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
321-454-1413
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
850-487-1395
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
850-487-9750
Corporate Income TaxCorporations in Florida must pay state corporate income tax.State Department of Revenue
1-800-352-3671
Personal Property Tax Brevard County taxes the personal property of businesses (for items such as business equipment.)Brevard County Property Appraiser
321-633-2000
Employee Tax InformationIf you hire employees, payroll tax must be withheld.Internal Revenue Service
850-942-8995 or
1-800-829-1040
Employer Identification NumberAll businesses, except sole proprietorships with no employees, must register for a federal identification number.Internal Revenue Service
1-800-829-1040
Federal Income Tax Withholding and Social Security TaxEmployers must withhold from employees salaries for federal tax and pay for Social Security.Internal Revenue Service
1-800-829-1040
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
1-800-829-1040
State Unemployment TaxBusinesses must also pay into a State fund that pays unemployment insurance.Department of Revenue
1-800-482-8293
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
850-488-2713
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
1-800-370-5170
Leon County Health Department
850-487-3162
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
850-656-3343
 Department of AgricultureVarious businesses are governed by the Florida Department of Agriculture.Check with the Department of Agriculture
850-488-2020