The following is a list of requirements needed to operate a business in Downtown Fort Walton Beach:
City of Fort Walton Beach Business Tax Receipt: http://fwb.org/engineering/planning-zoning/business-tax-receipts/
Restaurant Lounge - (Under 100 Seats) $126.00
Professional Business- $189
1 - 5 employees - $60.00
6 - 20 employees - $126.00
21 or more employees - $221.00
Fire Inspection: Call 850-833-9500
Approximate Cost $25-$30
The city has formed a special overlay district that allows a wide variety of businesses to operate and also has some grants available for improvements.
If you have any questions please call the Planning Division at 850-833-9697, or visit the office located at 105 Miracle Strip Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Okaloosa County Business Tax Receipt: $35
Download your application here:http://www.okaloosatax.com/downloads/form-center/?did=47
You may be required to obtain a Federal ID number.
Click here: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-(EIN)-Online
7180 9th Ave. Worth
Pensacola, FL 32504 Phone: 850-435-8648
Secretary of State
Information on how to establish a corporation is available from: www.sunbiz.org
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Create Florida Corporation, LLC or Register Ficticious Name Here:
Corporation: $70 (Annual Filing Fee Due before May 1 each year $150.00)https://efile.sunbiz.org/profit_file.html
LLC: $125 (Annual Filing Fee Due before May 1 each year $138.50)https://efile.sunbiz.org/llc_file.html
Fictitious Name Fee: $50
If you are using any name for your business other than your legal name, you are required to file a fictitious name with the state.
Florida Department of Revenue: FREE
If your business involves selling anything, you may be required to collect sales tax.
Click here to register: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/registration.html
3670 North “L” Street, Building C
Pensacola, FL 32505 Phone: 850-595-5170
See link below for applications and review. Check link for fee calculator. Expect to pay around $500. https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp?chBoard=true&SID=&boardid=200&professionid=2010
Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Panama City Beach District #6. Phone: 850-487-1395.
-Mobile Food Units
Escambia, Okaloosa & Santa Rosa County: Licenses are issued pursuant to Florida Statute 561.20(2)(a)4 to establishments that maintain a bona fide restaurant having 2,500 square feet of floor space under permanent cover, seating for 150 patrons, and deriving 51% of their gross revenue from the sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Series Provisions Annual Fee
1APS Beer (Package Sales Only) $140.00
2APS Beer and Wine (Package Sales Only) $196.00
1COP Beer (Package and Consumption) $280.00
2COP Beer and Wine (Package and Consumption) $392.00
3PS Beer, Wine and Spirits (Package Sales Only) $1,365.00
4COP Beer, Wine and Spirits (Package and Consumption) $1,820.00
11C Beer, Wine and Spirits (Consumption Only) $400.00
Gulf Power Electric:
Connection may be done online: Deposit will be required call for quote. 1-800-225-5797 request average for the year.https://customerservice.southerncompany.com/ElectricService/startdefault.aspx
Water & Trash: http://fwb.org/paybill/