Permits and Licenses

Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division
1 N. University Drive, Box 302
Plantation, FL 33324
Email: EPGMDCitizenInquires@broward.org 
broward.org/PermittingAndLicensing

General Information
954-765-4400

The Permitting Licensing and Consumer Protection Division protects public safety, health and welfare by administering and enforcing all applicable building, zoning, consumer protection and animal care ordinances, codes, laws, rules, resolutions and regulations in effect in Broward County, Florida. 

Auto Body/Paint Shop Regulation
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division

1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-765-4400

Auto body/paint shops must be licensed and meet certain minimum equipment requirements. Technicians who work in the shops must pass certain tests to receive certification. 

Auto Repair Shop Regulation
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division

1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-765-4400
 
Auto repair shops must be licensed and meet certain minimum equipment standards. Technicians who work in these shops must pass certain tests to receive certification.

Building/Permitting

General Permitting Information, Inspections or Permit Status
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division

1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-831-4000

Requires that property owners or the contractors they hire obtain a permit for new construction or for certain alterations of an existing residential or commercial building. This ensures that the work will be performed in conformance with the Florida Building Code and all applicable ordinances, building codes, laws, rules, resolutions and regulations in effect in Broward County, Florida.

Performs inspections to verify that the work is done in accordance with these laws, thus protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, and helping the business or home owner to avoid enforcement penalties for non-compliant work, which may be hazardous or dangerous.

Administers and enforces Minimum Housing/Unsafe Structure regulations and such other County ordinances relating to permitting that affect land, property structures and the environment.

Consumer Affairs/Protection
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division
1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-357-5350

Enforces consumer protection laws by investigating and mediating complaints from individuals who feel they are victims of unfair or deceptive trade practices, and by providing consumer information and referral.

Contractor Licensing/Central Examining Boards
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division
1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-765-4400

Building construction and certain types of building repairs or remodeling must be performed by a contractor licensed by Broward County or the State of Florida. County licenses are issued for the following trades: plumbing, electrical, mechanical, engineering and structural. To confirm a contractor’s license status and the type of work he/she can perform under that license, or to file a complaint, call the number or visit the Web site listed for this section.

Contractor and Tree Trimmer Complaints
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division
1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-765-4400
broward.org/PermittingAndLicensing

The Broward County Contractor Licensing & Enforcement (CLE) Section issues Construction Industry and Tree Trimmer licenses; it also regulates those licensees, including residential building contractors, remodelers, roofers and specialty contractors. Our authority is limited to initiating administrative disciplinary action against the license of a Broward County contractor who has violated a law, an ordinance and/or the Florida Building Code.

Kosher Food Licenses
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division

1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-765-4400
broward.org/PermittingAndLicensing

Sellers of kosher food in Broward County are required to hold a Broward County Kosher Specialty Regulatory License and must post a disclosure stating whether or not the business is under rabbinical supervision.

Moving Companies
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division

1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-765-4400
broward.org/PermittingAndLicensing

Movers of household goods which provide services in Broward, Palm Beach or Miami-Dade County must be licensed by the county in which their main office is located. Moving companies are required to adhere to certain business practices defined under the local moving laws, including specific disclosures to customers. They also must carry minimum insurance and respond to claims of damage to household goods.

Taxicab/Limousine/Van Regulation
Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division
1 N. University Drive
Plantation FL 33324
954-765-4400
broward.org/PermittingAndLicensing

Taxi, limo and van licensing and regulation are administered by Broward County. As of January 2009, taxicab rates are $2.50 for the first 1/6 mile; 40 cents for each additional 1/6 mile, and 40 cents for each 1-minute of waiting time. There is a $10 minimum fare for trips that begin at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or Port Everglades. For rides that begin at the airport, there is also a $2 surcharge.

Fire and Out-Of-Business Sale Permits
Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
 
Governmental Center Annex
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-831-4000
broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury
Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Any individual or business wishing to conduct or advertise a "Fire Sale," "Going Out of Business Sale," or any liquidation sale (any sale that would have the public believe that, upon disposal of all stock of goods on hand, the business would be discontinued) is required by the State of Florida (F.S. 559.20) to apply for and purchase a "Going Out of Business Permit." Applications are available at the address listed above or online at broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury.

Included with the application should be a copy of the proposed advertising, the current County local business tax receipt, the city local business tax receipt and a copy of the current inventory listing goods to be sold. The application fee is $50, payable by cash, cashier's check or money order.

Prior to the issuance of the permit, all tangible personal property and real estate taxes (if applicable) must be paid. The permit is valid for not more than 60 consecutive days from issue date, including Sundays and any legal holidays, and is not renewable.

Home Solicitation Sales Permits
Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-831-4000
broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury

Anyone intending to solicit the sale, lease or rental of consumer goods or services at a place other than the seller's fixed location business establishment, as defined in F.S. 501.021(2), must apply for a Broward County Home Solicitation Sales Permit. 

Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
Governmental Center Annex
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-357-6200
Email: revenue@broward.org 
broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This division, working in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is responsible for the sale of saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing licenses, and hunting licenses. Licenses are valid for one year from date of issue. To qualify for a resident license, you must have been living in Florida for six continuous months prior to issuance, and intend to continue to reside in Florida and claim it as your primary residence. Proof of residency must be presented to the Records, Taxes and Treasury Division.

  • Any member of the United States Armed Forces stationed in Florida is considered a resident for the purpose of licensing fees. Spouses and dependent children residing in the household would also receive resident rate licenses.
  • If you are a Florida resident 65 years of age or older, you do not need a hunting or fishing license; however, you must be able to furnish proof of age and residency if requested to do so by law enforcement officials.
  • Residents who are 100 percent disabled may present authorized disability statements, signed by a Florida physician, to the Records, Taxes, and Treasury Division. Upon approval by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, an exemption card will be issued and mailed to the applicant. It is renewable in five years.

A freshwater fishing license is required for fishing in the state's freshwater areas. There is also an option to purchase a Five-Year License, Resident Lifetime License, or a combined Lifetime Freshwater Fishing and Hunting License. You do not need a freshwater fishing license if:

  • You are a child under the age of 16 years
  • You are a Florida resident and a member of the United States Armed Forces not stationed in this state while on leave for 30 days or less (upon submission of orders).
  • You are a resident fishing for non-commercial purposes in the County of your residence with live or natural bait, using poles or hand lines that are not equipped with a reel or other line retrieval mechanisms (e.g. cane pole).

A saltwater fishing license is required for:

  • Fishing from leisure craft (each person must have a license with them).
  • Fishing from a sandbar or other land mass that is accessible by boat or by swimming through water deeper than three feet.
  • Anyone diving who takes, attempts to take, or possesses any marine fish.
  • All nonresidents fishing in saltwater (excluding fishing from a licensed pier).
  • Anyone who operates any vessel wherein a fee is paid either directly or indirectly for the purpose of taking, attempting to take, or possessing any marine fish for non-commercial purposes.

You do not need a saltwater fishing license if you are under 16 years of age, or if you are fishing from a for-hire vessel guide, charter or party boat that has a valid vessel license.

A separate license is required for each vessel or individual. An additional fishing stamp is required to catch snook or crawfish.

Hunting licenses are annual permits effective one year from date of issuance. A combination license, the Florida Resident's Sportsman's License, is also offered. It includes resident hunting, resident freshwater fishing, archery, muzzle loading, and state waterfowl, turkey and management stamp. This license satisfies all state requirements for recreational hunting and freshwater fishing for Florida residents.

Licenses may be purchased at the Records, Taxes, and Treasury Division office, and at sporting goods stores and bait and tackle shops. For additional information, visit broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury and click on “Frequently Asked Questions.”

For more information about regulations, newsletters and licensing requirements, visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission at www.myfwc.com. For added convenience, licenses may be purchased 24 hours a day by telephone, using a major credit card:

Fishing Licenses: 888-347-4356
Hunting Licenses: 888-486-5356

Local Business Tax Receipts
Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
Governmental Center Annex
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-831-4000
Email: revenue@broward.org 
broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A local business tax receipt is issued by this division for engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation in Broward County. Anyone providing merchandise or services to the public, even through a one-person company or home-based business, must obtain a County local business tax receipt. If a business performs several functions, it may be necessary to acquire more than one local business tax receipt. New businesses must obtain their local business tax receipt prior to engaging in their enterprise. All businesses must maintain a current receipt.

Businesses located within the limits of a municipality are required to have a city local business tax receipt AND a Broward County local business tax receipt. If the business is within an unincorporated area of Broward County, a Certificate of Use from County Zoning must be obtained before a local business tax receipt will be issued.

It is the responsibility of the person or business to ensure that all local, state and federal laws and regulations have been complied with, in regards to the particular business. Certain business categories will be required to submit proof of active permits and certifications from State or County agencies before a local business tax receipt will be issued.

  • An application must be submitted in person to obtain the County business tax receipt. Applications may be obtained from the Records, Taxes and Treasury Division or downloaded from broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury.
  • If the business name used in the business does not include the full first name and last name of the business owner, the business name would be considered a Fictitious Name, and must be registered with the Florida Secretary of State's Office. For more information, call 850-487-6058, or visit www.sunbiz.org.
  • Business tax receipts are renewed annually, beginning July 1 through September 30. The receipt is valid from October 1 through September 30 of the following year. New receipts are issued at any time during the year, and are prorated from April 1, at which time half-year fees apply.
  • Fees vary based on the nature of the business or occupation and variables such as number of employees, equipment, seating capacity and the date the business opened.
  • Failure to renew a local business tax receipt will subject the owner to delinquent fees.

It is the business owner's responsibility to report to the Records, Taxes, and Treasury Division any change of address, name change, ownership transfer or business closure. If you need to make changes to an existing license you must contact or come into the Records, Taxes, and Treasury Division. A 10 percent transfer fee applies to all changes except a change of mailing address.